“4 year delay in legislation to regulate training in the use of sunbeds,” Mattie McGrath
Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, to explain why Section 14 of the Public Health (Sunbeds) Act 2014 has yet to be commenced despite the fact that the section seeks to include training in emergency procedures in case of overexposure to ultra-violet radiation and the risks associated with the use of sunbeds. Deputy McGrath was speaking after Minister Harris confirmed to him in a parliamentary reply that dozens of sections in nine pieces of primary legislation brought forward by his department including sections of the Misuse of Drugs Act 2016 and sections of the Civil Liability Act 2017 dealing with open disclosure of patient safety incidents have yet to be commenced:
“In light of the fact that almost 11,000 each year are diagnosed with Skin Cancer in Ireland, the four year delay by the Minister and his department in dealing with this part of the 2014 Act is completely unacceptable.
What I find extraordinary is that as part of his reply to me, Minister Harris said the issue of training in the use of sunbeds by sunbed operators or their employees is “still under consideration.”
How long could it possibly take?
We know that the section of the Act covers training in very important areas of sunbed use like over exposure to ultraviolet radiation and proper hygiene procedures, so why is it still not in effect?
The Irish Cancer Society has issued numerous cautions over the years about the need to regulate sun bed use but they too seem to have been ignored by Minister Harris and his department.
No one wants to see excessive regulatory burden on small businesses but this is fairly basic stuff and it should be mandatory that if you are going to operate a service that can potentially expose people to high levels of radiation then you should have adequate training. It seems to be a no-brainer to everyone but Minister Harris,” concluded Deputy McGrath.