Colorado House approves bill to place tanning bed restrictions on minors

tanning salons could face $200 fines

DENVER - Tanning bed restrictions for minors are closer to approval in Colorado.

The state House voted 39-23 on Wednesday to ban people under 15 from using commercial tanning beds without a doctor's recommendation. Teens from age 15 to 17 would need parental permission every six months to use commercial tanning beds.

Colorado is one of the few states with no law limiting tanning bed use by children, though most commercial salons request parental permission for underage clients. The tanning bill limit was opposed by some dermatologists, who said everyone under 18 should be prohibited from commercial tanning beds.

House Bill 1215 would require the Colorado Department of Public Health to develop a consent form for tanning businesses that details the health risks associated with the use of artificial tanning devices.

If the bill becomes law, tanning business owners, operators and employees could face fines of up to $200 for each failure to comply with the law’s requirements.

The bill now heads to the Senate.