Tanning Beds and Lamps
There is no such thing as a safe tan. A tan from the sun's rays or from the use of tanning equipment will damage your skin.
If you do decide to use tanning equipment, it is important to be aware of the risks so you can make an informed decision about the amount of ultraviolet radiation you expose yourself to. See the It's Your Health article Tanning Lamps and the resources below for more information.
Health Canada's Role
Health Canada's Consumer and Clinical Radiation Protection Bureau assesses, monitors and helps reduce health and safety risks from radiation emitting devices and other sources of radiation, including tanning equipment.
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Safety guidelines and regulations for tanning equipment
- Tanning Equipment - Warning Signs Equipment for full- or half-body exposure utilize the large (75x200mm) label. The small (50x100mm) label is to be used in any other case.
- English (75x200mm):
- English (50x100mm):
- French (75x200mm):
- French (50x100mm):
- Guidelines for Tanning Salon Owners, Operators and Users
This guideline is designed to help tanning salon owners, operators and users of tanning salons understand ultraviolet radiation and its effects on people. It talks about the risks of tanning, gives information on cosmetic and medicinal products that increase ultraviolet effects, and provides a list of general guidelines.
Note that the Federal Provincial Territorial Radiation Protection Committee has prepared a revised version for public comment.
- Frequently Asked Questions on the Amendments to the Radiation Emitting Devices Regulations (Tanning Equipment), published on Feb. 26, 2014 in The Canada Gazette, Part II, and in force May 7, 2014
Ultraviolet Radiation and Safety
UV Safety and Tanning Fact Sheets
Questions and Comments
To report an incident or make an inquiry regarding tanning equipment or ultraviolet radiation:
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