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Colorado has no state-level legislation regarding sun protection for its schools. That means there are no laws requiring it and no laws prohibiting it. This provides an opportunity for school districts to develop solid policies that meet the sun protection needs of their students and staff without government interference. However, there are some sun safety regulations that may affect your district.
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 district have child care centers on school grounds, they must comply with these regulations.
Help prevent skin cancer by encouraging students to wear hats, sun protective clothing and to apply sunscreen before going outside for recess, physical education classes and other outdoor activities.
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. Most likely, your district prohibits advertising for cigarettes, along with advertising for other potentially harmful substances like chew and alcohol. Take the next step and prohibit tanning facility advertisements and coupons in schools and in school publications.
Protect student health by creating a policy that prohibits tanning facility advertisements or coupons in schools and in school publications.
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.