Tanning Regulation Bylaw Receives Approval from Minister

Sep 30, 2011

Victoria, BC - The Capital Regional District’s (CRD) Tanning Regulation Bylaw (No. 3711) has been given approval by the Minister of Health and will now proceed to the CRD Board for fourth reading and adoption.

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.

“After a series of public hearings, with significant input by members of the public, representatives of the tanning industry, local tanning businesses, and health care representatives, the CRD Board, on January 12, 2011, gave third reading to the bylaw,” said CRD Board Chair Geoff Young. “Approximately 90% of written submissions and 68% of registered speakers were in support of the bylaw.”

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.

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 CRD Corporate Communications
Office: 250.360.3229
Cell: 250.216.5492