FILED ON: 3/20/2012

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2211



The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Twelve



An Act further regulating tanning facilities.


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

SECTION 1. Chapter 111 of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out section 207, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, and inserting in place thereof the following section: -

Section 207.  For the purposes of sections 208 to 214, inclusive, the following words shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

“Board of health” or “board”, the board of health, including the board or officer having like powers and duties in towns where there is no board of health, with jurisdiction in the community in which a tanning facility is located.

“Operator”, a person designated to control the operation of a tanning facility in compliance with this section and sections 208 to 213, inclusive, and to assist and instruct the public in the correct operation of the tanning facility and its equipment.

“Phototherapy device”, equipment that emits ultraviolet radiation and is used by health care professionals in the treatment of disease.

“Tanning device”, a piece of equipment used for tanning the skin that emits electromagnetic radiation with wavelengths in the air between 200 and 400 nanometers including, but not limited to, a tanning booth, tanning bed, sunlamp or other high pressure tanning lamps and any accompanying equipment including, but not limited to, protective eyewear, timers and handrails.

“Tanning facility”, a location, place, area, structure or business which provides access to a tanning device.

SECTION 2.  Said chapter 111 is hereby further amended by striking out section 211, as so appearing, and inserting in place thereof the following section:-

Section 211.  (a) No person under the age of sixteen shall be permitted to use a tanning device without a written order from a physician.   (b) No person sixteen years of age to seventeen years of age, inclusive, shall be permitted to use a tanning device without the prior written consent of a parent or legal guardian, provided that, prior to providing written consent, said parent or guardian shall be provided with a copy of the warnings required under the provisions of section two hundred and nine, provided further, that said parent or guardian shall sign a statement in the presence of the operator acknowledging receipt and understanding of the warning statement.  The operator shall sign the written consent form as a witness to the signing of the parent or guardian.