Indoor tanning industry pleased with provincial legislation

JCTA looks forward to helping develop regulations

EDMONTON, March 23, 2015 /CNW/ - The Joint Canadian Tanning Association (JCTA) – the industry group representing Professional Indoor Tanning Salons - is pleased to see provincial legislation that supports moves already made by the association.

The JCTA has banned under 18s from UV Tanning equipment unless they have a medical prescription.

Signage warning of the dangers of over-exposure to UV light is also required.

The JCTA is also pleased the province is moving on so-called 'self-serve' tanning equipment, used without the expertise of trained operators.

The majority of tanning salons in Alberta are family businesses.

"We all want the same thing – to protect Albertans," said JCTA executive director Steve Gilroy.

Gilroy was pleased that the Alberta government has invited input from the JCTA as it moves to define regulations within the legislation. "We are looking forward to bringing our expertise to this important issue," he said.

"UV light is good. The problem is over-exposure, and that happens when there isn't enough training and regulation around salon operations." said JCTA President Mat Rockey

"We agree with widely accepted research; sunburn and excessive exposure to UV light whether indoors or outdoors can be harmful to your skin, particularly if you are Skin Type 1 (always burn, never tan)."said Gilroy

SOURCE Joint Canadian Tanning Association

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For further information: Steve Gilroy, JCTA Executive Director, 1.800.915.0367 or 250.863.8765, E: info@TanCanada.org

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