Monitoring of sunbeds
Monitoring of sunbeds
The use of sunbeds is prohibited for children under 18 years of age. In addition, according to the Radia-tion Act, each sunbed site shall have a designated responsible person who is always present when the sunbed equipment is used. Thus, unsupervised sunbeds are illegal in Finland.
The operator is responsible for the safe use of sunbeds. The sunbed devices shall be placed or arranged so that the customer cannot use the sunbed device without being noticed by the staff. This provision applies to all sunbed sites, including swimming pools and fitness centres. At the site, the presence of a person at least 18 years of age appointed by the operator and duly trained is required. Where necessary, this person will verify the age of the young person and ensure that a customer under the age of 18 years cannot use the sunbed device.
The operator shall ensure that the operating and radiation safety instructions of the device are in the immediate vicinity of the sunbed devices. The Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority's poster ‘The age limit for the sunbed is 18 years’ covers instructions related to radiation safety. Notwithstanding the written instructions, the responsible person should instruct the customer on the correct and safe use of the sunbed device, particularly during the first session.
Provisions on the prevention of adverse health effects caused by sunbed services are laid down in the Radiation Act. Commercial sunbed services shall not be provided in a manner that causes adverse health effects, and sunbed devices shall remain within the limits of the maximum UV radiation values for a sun-bed specified in the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority's regulation. It is the duty of the operator to ensure that the customer protects their eyes during the use of the sunbed and that eye protectors are available at the site.
The Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority monitors the safety of sunbed devices and their use under the Radiation Act. The main form of monitoring consists of site inspections, which may be carried out in a random manner without prior notification.
Municipal health protection authorities may carry out sunbed inspections during monitoring visits un-der the Health Protection Act. The health protection authorities will submit the inspection information to the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority for a decision on potential further measures. The infor-mation is provided in the STUK form service using the Health Protection Authority's sunbed inspection at the site form.