CRD Board Passes Tanning Bylaw

Jan 12, 2011

Victoria, BC – The Capital Regional District (CRD) Board has given third reading to the Tanning Regulation Bylaw (No. 3711); the bylaw will now be forwarded to the Minister of Healthy Living and Sport for approval.

The 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—other than a physician’s office or medical clinic—for cosmetic purposes. Additionally, the bylaw aims to protect users of all ages by introducing regulations and standards for the safe operation and use of tanning beds.  

The 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. 

“Four public consultation sessions were held in Fall 2010 to gather feedback on the bylaw,”  said CRD Board Chair Geoff Young. “Approximately 90% of written submissions and 68% of registered speakers were in support of this important measure to protect the health of our children.”

At today’s Board meeting more than forty delegations presented to the Board. The Board expressed appreciation for the quality and thoughtfulness of the presentations and the respectful discussion.

Research indicates that the use of tanning beds poses significant health risks, particularly in children and youth. The bylaw will work to protect youth and reduce risk of skin cancer later in life.

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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