Capital Regional District Invites Public Input on Tanning Regulation Bylaw

Jul 14, 2010

Victoria, BC - The Capital Regional District (CRD) invites public input on the Tanning Regulation Bylaw (No. 3711) that received first reading at today’s CRD Board meeting. The proposed Bylaw aims to promote and protect the health of children and youth from a recognized carcinogen by restricting minors under the age of 18 years from the use of ultraviolet (UV) emitting devices in public indoor tanning facilities for cosmetic purposes. Additionally, the proposed bylaw aims to protect users of all ages by introducing regulations and standards for the safe operation and use of tanning beds.  

The proposed bylaw was recommended by Dr. Richard Stanwick, Chief Medical Health Officer, Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA). Dr. Stanwick has stated that in the interest of public health, the CRD institute a regional bylaw regulating the use of tanning facilities to protect children and youth under the age of 18. 

CRD Board Chair Geoff Young commented on the proposed bylaw, “Research indicates that the use of tanning beds pose significant health risks particularly in children and youth. The aim of this proposed bylaw is to protect our youth and reduce their risk of skin cancers later in life. As such, I am pleased that the CRD is moving this proposed bylaw forward for public input, involving the industry and health authority stakeholders.”

The CRD encourages interested citizens to attend a series of public hearings tentatively scheduled to start in August. Public consultation is an integral part of the CRD bylaw adoption process.

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For further information please contact:
Andy Orr, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
Capital Regional District
Tel: 250.360.3229
Cell: 250.216.5492