Hampshire Trading Standards

Consumer Safety

Safer in the sun

Introduction

Malignant melanoma is the second most common cancer in 15-34 year olds. The 2012 Health Profile found Hampshire to have a significantly worse rate of malignant melanoma compared with the English average.

Sunscreen products

Sunscreen products protect against UV radiation and can be effective in preventing sun-burn and skin cancer.

These products are regulated in the UK by the Cosmetic Products (Safety) Regulations.

Safety Precautions

Purchase sunscreen products:

  • from reputable sources.
  • with a sufficient Sun Protection Factor (SPF) for the intended user(s).
  • which protect against both UVB and UVA radiation.

Usage

  • Follow the application and storage instructions - Correctly apply in sufficient quantity and re-apply regularly.
  • Check the durability information - Dispose of out of date products.
  • Keep babies and young children sufficiently covered and out of direct sunlight.

Sunglasses

Sunglasses are classified as personal protective equipment (PPE). They are regulated in the UK as Simple PPE by the Personal Protective Equipment Regulations.

General Requirements

  • They must bear the CE mark and comply with BS EN 1836:1997
  • A statement that the sunglasses offer 100% UV protection should be present.
  • There are five filter categories for sunglasses. Category 0 applies to photochromic lenses in the faded state (clear condition), with higher categories covering filters with greater light attenuation (reduction).
  • Sunglasses suitable for driving need to conform to category 0, 1, 2, or 3 to allow sufficient visible light to pass and not adversely affect the recognition of traffic signals.

How can Trading Standards help?

If you have any concerns regarding sunscreen products or sunglasses, please contact your local Trading Standards Service.

 

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