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EPA issues warning to illegal solarium operators

Media release: 14 October 2016

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is today warning anyone offering solarium services for a fee, whether in a domestic home or commercial premise, that they are operating illegally and heavy penalties apply.

EPA Executive Director of Hazardous Incidents and Environmental Health Sarah Gardner said EPA officers were working to catch out illegal operators.

“It is against the law to provide a cosmetic UV tanning service for a fee in NSW. People who think they can get away with illegal operations should reconsider their actions,” Ms Gardner said.

“Anyone caught offering UV tanning services risks fines of up to $22,000 for individuals and $44,000 for businesses.

“The EPA is currently investigating two illegal cosmetic UV tanning services that have been identified through people advertising solarium services on Gumtree.

“Skin cancer deaths in Australia have been directly linked to the use of UV tanning units. The ban on providing UV tanning services is there to protect the community from one cause of skin cancer.

“Given this, the EPA is concerned to also see advertisements placed on social media and community advertising websites by people seeking a tanning service.

“The EPA is contacting people who place advertisements seeking tanning services to provide information and evidence to assist its investigations.

“The EPA is appealing for people to come forward with information on UV tanning services, people should report these illegal operations to the EPA Environment Line on 131555.”

The Radiation Control Regulation 2013 (the Regulation) introduced a ban on cosmetic UV tanning services from 31 December 2014. Similar bans are also effect in Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.

Contact: EPA Public Affairs

Page last updated: 14 October 2016