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Sunbed operator assessments

Since 2012, the New Zealand Ministry of Health has asked Public Health Units to visit commercial sunbed operators in New Zealand every six months to ensure that they are aware of the operating practices recommended in AS/NZS 2635:2008 Solaria for cosmetic purposes, and have materials and information available to help them follow these practices. This includes Ministry of Health Guidelines to assist operators in complying with the Standard. (This is currently a draft, pending the introduction of Regulations.)

In order to gauge the effectiveness of these visits, since 2013 the visit in the first half of the year has included an assessment of how well the operator complies with 11 aspects of sunbed operations covered by the Standard. All aspects cover procedural and administrative aspects of the operation (for example, getting the client to complete and sign a consent form, displaying warning signs and keeping client records). All operators should be able to comply with these. The same aspects of operation have been looked at on each of these assessment visits, allowing a year by year comparison to be made.   

The visits in the second half of the year do not include an assessment, but concentrate on trying to get the operators to comply with particular requirements of the Standard, or informing operators of forthcoming legislative changes and what they must do to comply with them.

Findings from these surveys are available by clicking the links in the table below.  

 Year Findings in first half of the year (assessment)  Findings in the second half of the year
 2012    H2 2012
 2013  H1 2013  H2 2013
 2014   H1 2014  H2 2014
 2015  H1 2015  H2 2015
 2016  H1 2016  H2 2016
 2017  H1 2017  H2 2017
 2018   H1 2018  H2 2018
 2019  H1 2019  

Overall, the assessments show a slow but steady improvement in compliance since the visits began. There was a marked improvement in Auckland following the introduction of a Health and Hygiene bylaw in 2014, which effectively made compliance with many aspects of the Standard compulsory.  (The assistance of the Auckland Council in supplying data from visits to operators made by their compliance staff is gratefully acknowledged.) There has also been a slow decrease in the numbers of operators.   

Last updated: 6 May 2019