Victoria, BC - The Capital Regional District’s (CRD) Tanning Regulation Bylaw (No. 3711) has been adopted by the CRD Board.
The bylaw will 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 will serve to protect users of all ages by introducing regulations and standards for the safe operation and use of tanning beds.
The bylaw proceeded to public consultation with a series of public hearings. Significant input was given by members of the public, representatives of the tanning industry, local tanning businesses, and health care representatives. Approximately 90% of written submissions and 68% of registered speakers were in support of the bylaw.
“The CRD Tanning bylaw will be the first such bylaw adopted in Canada,” said CRD Board Chair Geoff Young. “I would like to express my commendation to the Board for their foresight and dedication to youth health issues.”
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.
Recently Director Barbara Desjardins brought forward a motion from Esquimalt Council to the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) and received strong support, including support for a province-wide approach to tanning regulation.
The CRD will now begin a six month educational campaign to promote the benefits of the bylaw, working in collaboration with the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) to educate the public and owners and operators of local tanning salons.
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For further information, please contact:
Andy Orr, Senior Manager CRD Corporate Communications