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Environmental and Workplace Health

Tanning Beds and Lamps

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There is no such thing as a safe tan. A tan from the sun's rays or from the use of tanning equipment 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 Role

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.

For More Information

Safety guidelines and regulations for tanning equipment

Ultraviolet Radiation and Safety

  • Ultraviolet Radiation
    Learn more about natural and artificial UV radiation and Health Canada's role.
  • Tanning Products
    Learn more about tanning products, including sunscreen and sunglasses.
  • Sun Safety
    Find out how to protect your family from the sun and teach children about the UV Index.

UV Safety and Tanning Fact Sheets

Questions and Comments

To report an incident or make an inquiry regarding tanning equipment or ultraviolet radiation: