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Health and Community Services
January 26, 2014

New Legislation Protects Children, Families and Communities

New Tanning Regulations Protect Youth from Increased Risk of Cancer

The Personal Services Act, which is focused on protecting people who undergo high-risk personal service procedures or activities, will come into effect on January 31, 2014. Among the key features of the act is a ban on tanning services being provided to anyone under the age of 19.

“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. 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 Honourable Susan Sullivan, Minister of Health and Community Services

Regulations under the act will be phased in over a period of time. As of January 31, 2014, initial regulations will require owners of personal services establishments and tanning facilities to register their businesses with Service NL and comply with the new age restrictions outlined in the act.

During the second phase of the Personal Services Act implementation, standards and regulations will focus on infection control practices for tattooing and body piercing establishments. These will be announced at a later date.

“The Canadian Cancer Society applauds the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador for protecting youth and our citizens from skin cancer. We know that indoor tanning can cause skin cancer and the Personal Services Act will reduce the number of people exposed to this carcinogen. This act is an important step in the right direction.”
- Matthew Piercey, Executive Director, Canadian Cancer Society, Newfoundland and Labrador Division

New Personal Service Act regulations include:

For more information on the Personal Services Act and the regulations please visit www.health.gov.nl.ca/health/.

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is committed to supporting important social programs, strong communities and the health and well-being of children, families and seniors.


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Media contacts:

Scott Barfoot
Director of Communications
Department of Health and Community Services
709-729-1377, 690-6290

Matthew Piercey
Executive Director
Canadian Cancer Society, Newfoundland and Labrador Division

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