The Region of Peel delivers a wide range of programs and services to more than one million citizens every day. This includes ambulance services, public health, long-term care, child care, waste collection, recycling and disposal, water and wastewater services, Regional road construction and maintenance, social assistance and affordable rental housing. Regional Headquarters are located at 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON. Phone Number: 905-791-7800.
Brampton - A by-law preventing persons under 18 years of age from using commercial tanning equipment in the Region of Peel took effect on January 1, 2013. Operators of indoor tanning equipment have been provided with signs, education and information to support implementation of the by-law in their facilities starting in the 2013.
“We are encouraged by Council’s quick action to pass a regional by-law to restrict access to indoor tanning for those at the greatest risk - persons under 18 years of age,” says Dr. David Mowat, Medical Officer of Health, Region of Peel, Public Health.
The by-law requires operators to restrict access to indoor tanning equipment by those under 18 years of age and to post warning signs regarding the required use of protective eyewear and cleaning to prevent infection. Peel Public Health Inspectors will conduct annual inspections of facilities with commercial indoor tanning equipment and will respond to complaints regarding indoor tanning equipment operation.
Legal restrictions prohibiting the use of commercial tanning equipment by minors are consistent with recommendations from the World Health Organization, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Canadian Paediatric Society, the Canadian Medical Association and the Ontario Medical Association.
Peel joins the provinces of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec, and the Town of Oakville, which already prohibit the use of tanning equipment by minors.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer and melanoma accounts for approximately 75 percent of skin cancer deaths. The risk of melanoma is 75 per cent greater for those who first use indoor tanning equipment before the age of 35, compared to those who have never tanned.
In Ontario, an estimated 35,000 new cases of skin cancer were diagnosed in 2011, accounting for approximately one-third of all cancer diagnoses. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies artificial tanning equipment as a Group 1 carcinogen (carcinogenic to humans).
For more information, residents can contact Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700.