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Faking it is good for your health

Friday 21 April 2017

Image of a sunbed with a red cross through the centre of it.
Ultra Violet Radiation (UVR) in a sunbed can be five times stronger than the midday sun.

Did you know that Ultra Violet Radiation (UVR) in a sunbed can be five times stronger than the midday sun during a hot Queensland summer?

UVR damages skin cells and can lead to the development of skin cancer - no matter what type of skin you have. It can also lead to premature ageing of the skin and eye damage.

Research shows sunbed users have a 20 per cent higher risk of developing skin cancer, but this jumps to 59 per cent if a sunbed is used before the age of 35.

That’s why the Queensland Government banned commercial tanning solariums in 2015.

Conducting a business using a solarium now attracts a fine up to $48,760 for individuals and $243,800 for corporations.

In addition to a penalty, enforcement action may also include seizure of the banned radiation source by an inspector and subsequent forfeiture to the State.

Privately-owned solariums for the personal use of an individual are not banned.

Queenslanders are becoming increasingly aware of the dangers of exposure to ultra violet radiation.

However, if having a tan is important, your safest option is a fake tan. But remember, there is no sun protection factor (SPF) in fake tanning lotions and sprays.

Inspectors from the Department of Health continue to investigate reports of alleged commercial solarium-based skin tanning businesses.

If you wish to report the operation of a commercial solarium-based skin tanning business in Queensland, contact Queensland Health by emailing

Last updated: 23 August 2017