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Colorado Regulations

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Colorado has no state-level legislation regarding sun protection for its schools or child care centers. That means there are no laws requiring it and no laws prohibiting it. But there are some state regulations and guidelines that affect families. A few areas to think about include, artificial tanning and annual well-child exams.

Child Care Centers

Summary: The Colorado Department of Human Services has issued regulations for the use of sunscreen and shade requirements at child care centers. The regulations state that a doctor’s prescription is not required for children’s use of sunscreen. Children over the age of four are allowed to apply sunscreen themselves, though permission from a parent is required for staff to apply sunscreen on children. Also, access to shaded areas, sheltered areas, or inside building areas must be provided at all times to guard children against the hazards of excessive sun and heat.

What does this mean for you? If schools in your area have child care centers on school grounds, they must comply with these regulations.

Help prevent skin cancer by encouraging kids to wear hats, sun protective clothing and to apply sunscreen before going outside for recess, physical education classes and other outdoor activities.

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Artificial Tanning Device Operation Act

Summary: Tanning salons are required by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to give their clients a warning statement that addresses the effects of UV radiation emitted by artificial tanning beds and lamps. This statement must inform the customers that exposure to UV radiation can cause negative health effects such as skin cancer, including melanoma, premature aging, activation of some viral conditions like cold sores, and skin burning or rashes.

For more information check out these resources:
AAD: Tanning Fact Sheet
WHO: Sunbeds, Tanning and UV Exposure
FDA: Indoor Tanning - The Risks of Ultraviolet Rays

What does this mean for you? UV radiation emitted from tanning beds and lamps is a known human carcinogen just like many toxins in tobacco smoke. It can also cause other health problems. Consider taking this opportunity to talk to your kids about various types of advertising including harmful substances like tobacco, alcohol, chew, and artificial tanning.

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Well Child Exam for Adolescents 14-20

Summary: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends Well Child Exams for preventative care for adolescents once a year. During the exam, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recommends that pediatricians discuss “Tanning and Sunscreen” as one of six topics under the Anticipatory Guidance/Health Education category.

What does this mean for you? Take a tip from the American Academy of Pediatrics and encourage school nurses to speak with students about the dangers of tanning and about proper sunscreen use.

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