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Tanning Equipment - Protective Eyewear

Protective eyewear is a device worn by the user of tanning equipment to reduce the ultraviolet radiation reaching his or her eyes directly or indirectly.

Tanning equipment operators must:

  • provide protective eyewear (free of charge or for a fee) to every person using tanning equipment
  • explain to all tanning equipment users why they are being provided with protective eyewear
  • clean and disinfect previously-used protective eyewear between every use with an appropriate disinfectant as per the manufacturer’s instructions
  • instruct all individuals in the use of protective eyewear
  • ensure the protective eyewear securely covers the user’s eyes
  • ensure an individual using their own protective eyewear is aware of the instructions for use

Each piece of tanning equipment must be accompanied by enough protective eyewear to equip the maximum number of persons who may, at the same time, be exposed to ultraviolet radiation from the tanning equipment.

Overexposure causes skin and eye burns!

Radiation Emitting Devices Regulations

In accordance with the Radiation Emitting Devices Regulations (Canada), protective eyewear must have a spectral transmittance that is:

  • (a) not more than 0.001 over the wavelength range from 200 nm to 320 nm;
  • (b) not more than 0.01 over the wavelength range from 320 nm to 400 nm; and
  • (c) sufficient over wavelengths greater than 400 nm to enable the user to read the labels and use the control specified in paragraph 9(a).
Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for tanning equipment, including protective eyewear.
Date of creation: May 5, 2014
Last modified on: May 17, 2023