9 out of 10 sunbeds 'unsafe'

New research has found the majority of sunbeds expose users to double the radiation safety limits, increasing the risk of skin cancer. The Sunbed Association argues that the research is out of date.

Calls for 'proper regulation' on safety of sunbeds

A report funded by Cancer Research UK has revealed, that out of 402 sunbeds across the country, nine out of ten of them are breaking safety rules on radiation levels.

  • 60% of sunbeds examined were located in tanning centres or beauty salons
  • 17% of sunbeds were examined in hairdressers
  • 15% of sunbeds looked at were in fitness centres
  • Sunbed measurements were carried out in the North, Midlands, South West and London

The British Association of Dermatologists is calling for more regulation of the sunbed industry:

"We need proper regulation covering issues like safety of equipment and health warnings for clients, and enforceable through inspections of premises."


Cancer Research UK: Using a sunbed 'isn't worth it'

Cancer Research UK fas funded a report that has shown nine out of ten sunbeds are 'unsafe'.

The majority of those tested gave off radiation levels up to six times higher than Mediterranean sunlight.

It's worrying to see that so many sunbeds are not meeting the safety standards. This strengthens our advice that using a sunbed just isn't worth it.

– Yinka Ebo, Senior health information officer at Cancer Research UK

Sunbed Association: 'Never a safer time' to use sunbeds

A new report funded by Cancer Research UK, has found that Ultraviolet radiation limits in hundreds of sunbeds are being exceeded.

The research was carried out between October 2010 and February 2011.

The Sunbed Association represents the companies that manufacture and operate tanning stations.

The findings of this study are two years out of date. If the study was undertaken today, the results would be dramatically different.

Sunbeds have been required to have a maximum UV output since 2009 and the Sunbed Association has been working with its members, non-members and the enforcement departments within local authorities since that time to inform about the change in UV emission levels, advise how to become compliant and ensure compliance.

There has never been a safer time to use a sunbed.

– Gary Lipman, Sunbed Association chairman

Young people at 'even greater risk' of skin cancer

Research carried out by scientists from the University of Dundee have found that hundreds of sunbeds exceed radiation limits.

They said that of the 402 sunbeds tested, between October 2010 and February 2011, only 10% of them complied with safety limits.

The development of high-power sunlamps, along with clear failures of the sunbed industry to regulate themselves effectively, is putting young people at an even greater risk of skin cancer than we previously thought.

We hope that these findings will make people think twice before using sunbeds as you can't be sure how much radiation you're exposing yourself to when you try to top up a tan.

– Prof. Harry Moseley, consultant medical physicist at University of Dundee


Research reveals nine out of ten sunbeds break safety rules

Nine out of 10 tanning beds in England are breaking safety rules, according to a study funded by Cancer Research UK Credit: Alex Grimm / Reuters

A new study funded by Cancer Research UK has revealed that nine out of ten tanning beds in England are breaking safety rules.

According to the report, the majority of sunbeds are giving off radiation levels that are up to six times higher than the Mediterranean sunlight.

The Sunbed Association argues that the research is 'two years out of date', and models made since 2009 are compliant with the allowed limit of radiation.