Solaria Standard committee wins Australias outstanding committee award

Summarised from 'Standards Rewards – Standards Awards 2008' article in Up magazine, Volume 12, 2009

In Australia, more than 8000 committee members contribute their time and effort to develop Standards. A handful of dedicated committee members have been recognised by Standards Australia in the 2008 Standards Awards for their meritorious involvement in the development of Australian and international Standards.

CS-064, the joint Standards Australia and New Zealand committee for solaria, was presented with the Outstanding Committee Award. Under the guidance of Craig Sinclair, Chair of the Committee, a major revision of the Standard for Solaria for cosmetic purposes was conducted and a new edition released in just 10 months.

The new Standard, AS/NZS 2635:2008, was developed in response to concerns over the health risks of sun-tanning appliances. The Standard covers the operation and management of solaria and includes a recommendation that the maximum ultraviolet (UV) intensity for sunbeds be cut in order to help protect the community from the dangers of using sunbeds.

Since the release of the Standard, the Victorian Government has introduced changes to management licences for tanning units which are consistent with the new Standard. The New South Wales Department of Environment and Climate Change is also looking at introducing new regulations consistent with the revised Standard.

CS-064 is made up of representatives from consumer, research, testing, community, health, industry, and government organisations.

For more information, see the New solaria Standard provides greater protection to consumers in the March 2009 issue of Touchstone.

Published in consumer and occupational safety.