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Violations noted in 85% of Latvian tanning salons

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Аuthor: Ieva Čīka/LETAThe rates of skin cancer disease spread have increased rapidly in the last thirty years. In 1992, the number of people to have skin cancer was 95, in 2011 – 195; 76 had died from the disease. Last year’s statistics show 213 people with skin cancer and 78 dead.

According to results of the Health Inspection’s survey, regulation violations are still often noted in Latvian tanning salons. In 2012, the inspection carried out 198 general tanning salons monitoring activities across Latvia. Different violations were noted in 168 cases (85%). In a number of cases it was concluded that the UV light machinery’s maximum radiation caused risks for human health, because it exceeded the allowed level of 0.3 W/m2 (equal to that of the Sun in the equator). It was also concluded that the salon workers do not always keep records of the use, replacement and technical inspections of UV lamps.

Given the fact that the skin of children and young people is much more sensitive to UV radiation, first use of a tanning bed while under the age of 30 increases the risk of skin cancer by 75%. This is also proven by research carried out by British scientists.

“People do not know much about the effect of natural sunlight and tanning beds on the skin. They often do not even think that such light-headed attitude toward this factor can cause diseases that can end with death. Sunburns is not considered something special, it is even often used to achieve the desired result. It is important to remember, however, that UV light has a very negative impact on the structure of the skin: short term exposure causes burns and leaves scars, while long-term exposure can damage skin cell DNA, promotes degenerative changes in the connective tissue, blood vessels, leading to premature ageing in the form of wrinkles, loss of skin elasticity, which cannot be restored even with the help of cosmetic surgery”, – Health Inspection specialists explain.

According to him, in order to protect themselves, clients can request information about UV lamp maintenance and their degree of use at the tanning salon, as well as documented proof of a UV machine’s maximum effective radiance.

Experts also note that in case of increased sunlight intensity, people with especially sensitive skin and those with no prior tanning experience can get sunburns within 15-20 minutes of sunlight exposure.

Small children should be kept safe from direct sunlight. People who remain outside for long periods of time should also employ different methods in order to protect themselves from Sun intensity.


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