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Peel Region By-law to Regulate Commercial Tanning Facilities

Peel Regional Council passed a by-law restricting persons under the age of 18 from using commercial tanning equipment. The By-law is effective January 1, 2013. For information on Provincial tanning laws that came into effect on May 1, 2014, see Skin Cancer Prevention Act.

Peel joins the provinces of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec, and the Town of Oakville in limiting the use of tanning equipment for those under the age of 18.

Why is there an age restriction for using tanning equipment?

The by-law was enacted based on a report to Council submitted by the Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Peel. The report referenced the International Agency for Research on Cancer who classify artificial tanning as a Group 1 carcinogen (carcinogenic to humans). The risk of melanoma (the most dangerous form of skin cancer) is 75% greater for those who use tanning equipment before the age of 35, compared to those who have not used tanning equipment.

Based on the health risks associated with the use of tanning equipment, Regional Council felt it was in the public’s interest to regulate tanning facilities.

How does this By-law affect customers?

As of January 1, 2013, customers under the age of 18 are no longer permitted to use tanning equipment. Anyone who appears to be less than 25 years of age must be asked for identification by the facility operator. Customers will see a Health Warning sign (PDF 34KB, 1 page) posted within one metre of each piece of tanning equipment.

Persons over the age of 18 years are permitted to use tanning equipment with the required protective equipment (i.e., eyewear).

How does this By-law affect operators?

Operators are responsible for checking acceptable identification of customers who appear to be less than 25 years of age. A list of acceptable types of identification is listed on the voluntary Age Restriction Sign (PDF 41KB, 1 page). A student card is not an acceptable as proof of age.

The operator is responsible for ensuring that persons under the age of 18 do not have access to tanning equipment. The By-law does not include equipment used for spray tanning. If an operator does not comply with the by-law, a fine will be issued by a Peel Public Health Inspector or a municipal law enforcement officer.

The operator is responsible for posting a Health Warning sign (PDF 34KB, 1 page) within one metre of all the tanning equipment in their facility. Operators must also provide acceptable eyewear for clients.

See By-law (85-2012) (PDF 26KB, 7 pages) for full details of operator requirements

More Information

For more information, see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Peel Region By-law to Regulate Commercial Tanning Facilities or contact Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700. Caledon residents call free of charge 905-584-2216.

For information on Provincial tanning laws that came into effect on May 1, 2014, see Skin Cancer Prevention Act.

See Health Warning sign (PDF 34KB, 1 page) and Age Restriction Sign (PDF 41KB, 1 page) if you need to print additional signs for your facility.




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