A tanning salon chain in Bristol has been fined after it failed to enforce age restrictions in one of its outlets.
Gloden Ltd was fined £4,000 alongside £1,500 in prosecution costs at Bristol Magistrates Court yesterday (18th March).
The firm, which operates five shops and offices in Bristol, was prosecuted by Bristol city council under the Sunbeds (Regulation) Act after it failed a “test purchase operation”, carried out last year by environmental health and trading standards teams. In this case, an underage volunteer had asked to use a sunbed and by law, sunbed outlets must ask all salon visitors to prove their age and if they cannot do so, they must not allow them to use their sunbeds.
A statement from the council said: “It is against the law for any business to offer the use of a sunbed, or allow anyone into a restricted zone (i.e. a sunbed room), if they are under 18 years of age.
“The young volunteer would have been put at serious risk from harmful UV radiation had she used the sunbed.”
The original 2013 operation aimed to test which controls had been implemented to stop under-18s from using the sunbeds and the outlets that failed this test were advised that the council would be repeating the operation again in the future. The council confirmed that Gloden was one of five Bristol businesses that visited for a second time following failed test purchases previously.
The Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010 came into force in April 2011 and brought with it an over-18 policy for sunbed users.
Fiona Tinsley, a solicitor at Mercury Legal who has assisted a number of victims of negligent salons, said: “We are seeing a sharp rise in skin cancer linked to sunbed abuse.
“It seems that, more and more people are searching for the perfect tan and using sunbeds to achieve this. But sunbed salons can be dangerous if not used properly and the Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010 now prevents any sunbed outlet from serving under-18s at their salons.”
If you or your loved one has suffered as the result of a negligent sunbed salon and you’d like to discuss your legal options, we can help. Give Fiona and the team a call on 0800 122 3130 to discuss your case or contact us online here.