Skin Cancer Prevention (Artificial Tanning) Act and Regulation 2018

As of January 1, 2018, all tanning facility owners and employees will be required to comply with the Skin Cancer Prevention (Artificial Tanning) Act and the Artificial Tanning Regulation.

The Skin Cancer Prevention (Artificial Tanning) Act protects Albertans under the age of 18 and helps inform Albertans about the health risks of ultraviolet (UV) artificial tanning, so that you can make informed decisions.

UV artificial tanning may cause melanoma and other forms of skin cancer. UV emitting devices are classified as group 1 carcinogens by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Alberta and accounts for more than one-third of all new cancer cases. Ultraviolet radiation exposure accounts for about 82% of melanoma, which is the deadliest form of skin cancer.

After January 1, 2018, businesses who provide artificial tanning will be:

  • prohibited from providing UV artificial tanning services to minors
  • prohibited from advertising UV artificial tanning services to minors
  • required to post specific signage at every public entrance, point of sale, and in each room where a UV tanning device is present, and
  • prohibited from providing unsupervised self-service artificial tanning equipment in public places.

Contact information

Submit any questions or concerns regarding the Act and Regulation to Alberta Health using the online Comments and Feedback form

Information for tanning businesses

Age restriction

The Skin Cancer Prevention (Artificial Tanning) Act and the Artificial Tanning Regulation make it illegal to sell or provide UV artificial tanning services to anyone under the age of 18 in Alberta.

The Act applies to anyone under the age of 18 (minors), even if the minor has the consent of his or her parent or guardian to purchase or use UV artificial tanning services, or a prescription from a physician.

Identification required / Proof of age

The Act requires employees to ask anyone seeking UV artificial tanning services, who appears to be under the age of 25, for identification.

Acceptable forms of identification are:

  • an operatorís licence or driverís licence
  • a passport
  • a Canadian permanent resident card
  • a Canadian Armed Forces identity card or
  • other documentation issued by the federal government, another province, or another country.

The identification must be valid (not expired) and must show the personís full name, photograph, date of birth and signature.

Advertising and marketing restrictions

It is illegal to direct UV artificial tanning services advertising to minors. This includes:

  • advertising that is placed in media targeted to minors (such as high school yearbooks), and
  • advertising that uses depictions targeted to minors (such as cartoons or models who appear to be minors).

Unsupervised artificial tanning

Any unsupervised self-service artificial tanning equipment in public places (such as in a fitness facility) is prohibited.

Enforcement

Alberta Health Services Public Health Inspectors will enforce the Act and Regulation.

Any business or person who contravenes or fails to comply with the Skin Cancer Prevention (Artificial Tanning) Act and/or the Artificial Tanning Regulation commits an offence and is liable Ė

  • in the case of an individual, such as a worker, to a fine of up to $500;
  • in the case of a corporation, fines of:
  • up to $2,000 for the first offence,
  • up to $5,000 for the second offence, and
  • up to $10,000 for the third and any subsequent offence.

Non-tanning services

The Act only bans businesses from selling UV artificial tanning services to minors.

A business may sell non-ultraviolet artificial tanning services (such as a spray-on tan) to someone under the age of 18.

Employees under 18 years of age

Employees are not required to be over 18 years of age to sell UV tanning services. However, the UV artificial tanning ban also applies to employees. Business owners must be aware that youth staff are not allowed to purchase or use ultraviolet artificial tanning services.

It is important for business owners to properly train all staff regarding the Act and Regulation and make sure they understand what the requirements and penalties are.

Required signs to post

All artificial tanning facilities are required by law to use the prescribed signage and must post signage at all entryways, points of sale (at each cash register facing both the employee and customer) and points of service (in all rooms with a UV emitting device).

All signage must be clearly visible, unobstructed and kept in good condition.

1. Entrance sign

Image of Tanning Sign 1An entrance sign must be displayed within 0.5 metre of each entrance door. Each sign must be:

  • exactly 12.7 cm by 12.7 cm (5 inches by 5 inches), and
  • printed in colour.

Each entrance sign must have the same form, content and colour as provided.

2. Point of sale sign facing customers

A sign facing customers must be displayed at each point of sale. Each sign must be:

  • located within 1 metre of each cash register or other place in the artificial tanning facility where payment is made and identification is verified,
  • exactly 12.7 cm by 12.7 cm (5 inches by 5 inches) in size, and
  • printed in colour.

Each POS sign must have the same form, content and colour as provided.

3. Point of sale sign facing employees

A sign facing employees must be displayed at each point of sale. Each sign must be:

  • located within 1 metre of each cash register or other place in the artificial tanning facility where payment is made and identification is verified
  • exactly 12.7 cm by 12.7 cm (5 inches by 5 inches) in size, and
  • printed in colour.

Each sign must have the same form, content and colour as provided.

4. Health warning sign

Image of Health Warning signage - sampleA health warning sign must be displayed near each piece of artificial tanning equipment. Each sign must be:

  • located within 1 metre of the each piece of equipment
  • exactly 21.6 cm by 35.5 cm (8.5 inches by 14 inches) in size, and
  • printed in colour.

Each health warning sign must have the same form, content and colour as provided.