Pembrokeshire County Council officers put stop on rogue sunbeds

First published in County News

Almost a third of sunbeds tested in Pembrokeshire had a UV (ultra-violet) output more than double the safe legal limit, it has been revealed.

Trading Standards officers from the county council’s Public Protection Service recently tested 20 sunbeds and tanning devices in 13 different premises.

Using specialist calibrated meters, officers found six sunbeds were over twice the legal European limit in their UV output.

The officers immediately issued ‘Withdrawal Notices’ which prevented further use of the sunbeds until they were rectified.

The locations of the faulty sunbeds have not been disclosed.

All six have since been modified and re-tested and now fall within the safe limit.

During their safety checks, the officers visited beauty salons, hairdressers, gyms and other premises in Pembrokeshire.

County Council Cabinet Member for Environmental and Regulatory Services, Councillor Huw George, explained: “It is impossible for a consumer to be able to check for themselves that they are receiving a safe dose of UV radiation when they use tanning equipment at a salon.

“That makes it so vitally important for these safety checks to be conducted, and for sunbeds that don’t comply to be removed from use until rectified.

“Ongoing checks will be made in the future to ensure their continued compliance.

“Consumers should still ensure that they take advice about safe tanning regimes and exposure times, which vary according to their skin type and other factors, to prevent short term overexposure or longer term health risks.”

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3:33pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Tttoommy says...

Pembs CC are really good at closing any and every business down aren't they?
Pembs CC are really good at closing any and every business down aren't they? Tttoommy
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4:14pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Indeview J Hudson says...

Its a pity PCC's own corporate governance arrangements don't fall within its Trading Standards remit.
Its a pity PCC's own corporate governance arrangements don't fall within its Trading Standards remit. Indeview J Hudson
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4:52pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Bushwacker2011 says...

I hardly think this is an issue for political sniping chaps, skin cancer is not a laughing matter!
I hardly think this is an issue for political sniping chaps, skin cancer is not a laughing matter! Bushwacker2011
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9:55pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Tttoommy says...

Indeview J Hudson wrote:
Its a pity PCC's own corporate governance arrangements don't fall within its Trading Standards remit.
If only they, the senedd or some ombudsman had the balls to take most of the senior officials and the councillors to court!
It makes one wonder when they get away so much why should any other citizen of Pembrokeshire behave decently or obey the laws of the country.
[quote][p][bold]Indeview J Hudson[/bold] wrote: Its a pity PCC's own corporate governance arrangements don't fall within its Trading Standards remit.[/p][/quote]If only they, the senedd or some ombudsman had the balls to take most of the senior officials and the councillors to court! It makes one wonder when they get away so much why should any other citizen of Pembrokeshire behave decently or obey the laws of the country. Tttoommy
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5:22pm Sun 27 Jan 13

Rockface says...

Sounds like Huw George has settled into his new role quite quickly!
Sounds like Huw George has settled into his new role quite quickly! Rockface
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5:24pm Sun 27 Jan 13

Rockface says...

Rockface wrote:
Sounds like Huw George has settled into his new role quite quickly!
ps... What a fast induction HG had too!
[quote][p][bold]Rockface[/bold] wrote: Sounds like Huw George has settled into his new role quite quickly![/p][/quote]ps... What a fast induction HG had too! Rockface
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