Lifestyle

Proposed bill to make sunbed standards mandatory

A PROPOSED bill to crack down on "cowboy" sunbed and cosmetic laser operators has gained strong industry support.

Backers of National MP Dr Paul Hutchison's Health (Skin Cancer and Trauma Prevention) Amendment Bill are relying on public support to bring the matter to the attention of Parliament after it was not picked in Thursday's ballot.

The bill was aimed at making sure sunbeds and lasers were up to standard, the provider was appropriately qualified and the premises appropriately regulated.

>>More Lifestyle stories

Under the bill, the voluntary standards for solariums would become mandatory so operators must obtain client consent and under-18s and pale-skinned people would be advised not to use them.

"The issue around sunbeds is one that obviously they are not regulated in New Zealand and there are cowboys and cowgirls using them in a very unwise way," Dr Hutchison said.

"All the literature shows us is the earlier you start using sunbeds, the more likely you are to get melanoma or skin cancers as unfortunately with exposure to any ultraviolet radiation, which includes going out in the sun."

 The bill also proposed regulating laser and IPL devices to ensure they were appropriately used and stop what Dr Hutchison described as "spectacularly bad effects" such as burns caused by inappropriate use.

The New Zealand College of Appearance Medicine (NZCAM), the Indoor Tanning Association of New Zealand (INTANZ) and the New Zealand Cancer Society were all in favour of tighter regulations to crack down on irresponsible operators.

NZCAM censor Dr Garsing Wong said they now relied on gaining public support to force a review of current standards. INTANZ supported mandatory standards but co-chair Kirsty Ethynes said excessive UV exposure, not sunbeds, increased the risk of melanoma.

Topics:  skin cancer solariums tanning



How to do Eat Street the right way

EVERYTHING you need to know to get the most out of your Eat Street experience and to avoid a food coma when you’re only one stall deep.

Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

The Scenic Rim is just one place nearby that you'll love.

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Science Festival seriously awesome

Don't miss the World Science Festival Brisbane!

CALLING everyone who wants to see something totally cool.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Top five things to experience this summer in Brisbane

Tangalooma is amazing if you're keen for a dive, kayak or swim.

THIS summer get out and explore your capital city.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

Court date for officer caught more than four times over

An off duty police officer was charged with drink driving after his car went through a fence.

Delay for officer caught more than four times over the limit .

On the Mat: High five for big bowls clash

GIVE ME FIVE: Nigel Smith and Nev Jenkins will represent Gold Coast Tweed's over 60s side this weekend.

Interstate bowls challenge accepted

Baby Animals return for One Word 2017 tour

Baby Animals will play Twin Towns on Saturday, March 18 as part of their One Word national tour.

One Word is so much more for rock greats

Local Partners

Un-American tale makes Lion weakest link in Oscars line-up

PSYCHOLOGY researchers find US films and actors most likely to win accolades at the Oscars.

Living End, Grinspoon stars hit stage for American Idiot

Chris Cheney of The Living End stars in the Australian production of Green Days musical American Idiot at Brisbane's QPAC Theatre.

TAKE a look behind the scenes of Green Day's American Idiot musical

Baby Animals return for One Word 2017 tour

Baby Animals will play Twin Towns on Saturday, March 18 as part of their One Word national tour.

One Word is so much more for rock greats

Samuel L Jackson dismisses La La Land ahead of Oscars

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from the movie La La Land.

Hollywood actor and Oscars voter says Denzel should win top gong

Former Family Matters stare accused of child abuse

Reginald VelJohnson, left, and Darius McCrary arrive at the TV Land Awards on Sunday, April 19, 2009 in Universal City, Calif.

Darius McCrary has been accused of child abuse

Bindi Irwin's birthday tribute to her dad

Bindi Irwin

Bindi Irwin has paid tribute to her dad on his 55th birthday

The trick homeowners are using to buy more properties

Chantelle Subritzky leaves her home each week for Airbnb guests.

Queenslanders are going down this path to help pay their mortgages

Stunning home blends South Pacific beauty with Orient style

Immaculate residence with two outdoor living areas

Prime Tweed site sells at auction

SOLD: The old Rivers commercial retail building at 79-81 Wharf St sold at auction for $2.475 million recently.

Tweed development site sold at auction for $2.475 million

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

Top 6 infrastructure projects in the Tweed for 2017

The Gold Coast Airport is getting an upgrade.

Find out what's going in the Tweed.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!