Almost two-thirds of sunbeds fail council safety checks

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DOZENS of businesses have been warned to refit sunbeds after inspectors found them to be emitting UV levels above the legal limit.

Sixty per cent of sunbeds tested by Trading Standards officers from Durham County Council during a recent round of safety checks were above the permitted UV irradiance level.

Officers tested 229 sunbeds at 88 premises and only 89 were found to be within the legal limit for irradiance, a measure of intensity of sunlight.

In East Durham, 19 premises were visited and of these, 11 were told to retube one or more sunbeds that failed the checks.

In the worst cases, the output of UV rays was more than three times the legal limit, putting users at increased risk of cancer.

The 58 firms whose sunbeds failed the tests have been told to install lower emission tubes on the beds.

Joanne Waller, the council’s head of environment, health and consumer protection, said: “We are working to ensure that all businesses comply with safety standards and will not hesitate to take legal action against any business that fails to make their sunbeds safe.”