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The Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010 came into force in April 2011.
Under the regulations, a sunbed business must do the following:
- Prevent under-18 from using a sunbed on their premises, or selling/hiring a sunbed.
- Ensure a poster warning of the risks of using sunbeds is prominently displayed on the premises.
- Provide appropriate eye protection.
The owner of a tanning salon in Flint has become the first person to be prosecuted under sunbed regulations introduced in Wales in 2010.
David Kirkham, from Winsford, Cheshire, operated the Malibu Sun shop in Church Street.
Health officials from Flintshire Council had issued an improvement notice, following a tip-off in July 2012 regarding breaches of The Sunbeds Regulations Act.
Flintshire Magistrates Court, in Mold, was told the improvement notice had been ignored.
Via his barrister, Kirkham said that while he admitted responsibility, he ran two other outlets in England where the regulations did not apply, and had not been aware of the correspondence from the council.
He admitted contravening a health and safety at work notice which required him to provide protective eyewear for sunbed user, sufficient advice and guidance to his customers, and to maintain and clean the artificial tanning equipment
He also pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that staff had sufficient training, experience or knowledge to enable them to fulfil the requirements of the act, failed to display a prominent poster with prescribed health information upon it, and failed to provide protective eyewear.
Kirkham was fined £2,000 with £1,700 costs.