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Even though there is no safe tan, the use of tanning equipment (sunlamps or tanning beds) has become increasingly popular in Canada. A tan from the sun's rays or from a tanning bed in a salon will damage your skin.
If you do decide to use tanning equipment, it is important to be aware of the risks so you can make an informed decision about the amount of ultraviolet radiation you expose yourself to. See the It's Your Health article Tanning Lamps and the resources below for more information.
Health Canada's Consumer and Clinical Radiation Protection Bureau assesses, monitors and helps reduce health and safety risks from radiation emitting devices and other sources of radiation, including tanning equipment.
Note that this document is interim and currently under revision by the Federal Provincial Territorial Radiation Protection Committee.
To report an incident or make an inquiry regarding tanning equipment or ultraviolet radiation: