Starting Friday, you’ll have to be 19-years-old to go to a tanning salon, as key provisions of the Personal Services Act come into force.
Health Minister Susan Sullivan. Telegram file photo.
The age restrictions for tattoo, piercing and tanning services will be the first thing to come into force. According to a Newfoundland government news release, the Department of Health is still drawing up standards and regulations when it comes to infection control practices for tattoo and piercing shops.
“The Personal Services Act was created to help protect public health, clients and the employees working in personal services industries that provide tattoos, piercings, body modifications and tanning,” Health Minister Susan Sullivan said in the news release. “As we phase in the new regulations, one of our initial goals is to prevent young people from being exposed to the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation from tanning devices, which is associated with an increased risk of melanoma. Our government shows leadership in the fight against cancer and our primary focus remains on the health of the public.”
The Canadian Cancer Society applauded the move.