Solariums turn a blind eye to teens tanning

Cancer Council Victoria research found that 80% of solarium operators surveyed let in teenagers who claimed to be 18, and almost half permitted people with fair skin to use their services.

Under Victorian law, solariums must deny access to people younger than 18 and people with very fair skin.

Only a tenth of operators surveyed complied with all regulations, the research found.

However, the survey findings were an improvement on a 2003 study that found 90% allowed access to customers with fair skin.

SunSmart manager Sue Heward said operators who disregard laws designed to protect consumers need to be prepared to pay the price.

Victorian operators face fines of $732,840 for a body corporate or $146,568 for an individual for failing to comply with licence conditions.

Ms Heward said there were no circumstances where using a solarium was safe.

"The levels of UV radiation emitted can be up to three