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Sunbed sessions illegally sold to teenagers in Blackburn
TANNING salons illegally offered sunbed sessions to underage teenagers during a mystery shopper exercise.
Blackburn with Darwen Council officers found eight of the 13 premises visited offered sunbed sessions to the underage customers.
It is now warning businesses that if they fail to comply with legislation, they could face fines of up to £20,000.
Two volunteer 14-year-olds went into the shops and asked to use a sunbed for between three and six minutes.
Since April 2011 it has been illegal for sunbed businesses to offer UV sunbeds to persons under the age of 18.
A letter will be sent to all the premises warning them to take note of the law and further test purchasing will take place in the future.
Coun Faryad Hussain, executive member for environment, said: “There are known health risks to using sunbeds so we are very keen to make sure businesses are being responsible and not offering under 18s sessions on the sunbeds.
“I am disappointed that eight shops failed the test purchase even if this is a relatively new piece of legislation.
“We want to work with sunbed businesses to make sure they comply with the law but clearly we will take action if shops continue to ignore it.
“Hopefully, these operations will raise awareness of businesses’ responsibilities in terms of these laws.”
Coun Mohammed Khan, executive member for health and adult social care, said: “These results are worrying. Businesses need to have checks in place to make sure under 18s are not offered sessions. Using a sunbed to get a tan is a risk.”
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