UV radiation from the sun and from a sunbed may give you a tan, but may also harm your skin and eyes.
DSA leads the work with the national UV and skin cancer strategy. The aim is to reduce the incidence and mortality of skin cancer caused by sun and sunbeds.
DSA measures UV radiation from the sun at nine measuring stations around Norway.
UV index is a measure of how intense the UV radiation from the sun is, and you should protect your skin and eyes when the UV index is 3 or higher.
The Radiation Protection Regulations set requirements for owners, dealers and importers of sunbeds. Both DSA and the municipalities may inspect the sunbeds.
DSA stays updated on research and knowledge and informs and advises on doses and effects of UV radiation on humans.
Use of sunbeds increases the risk of getting skin cancer, and the earlier you start and the more often you use the sunbed, the greater the risk. Therefore, we have an 18 years age limit for using sunbeds in Norway, as in several other countries. If you choose to use a sunbed, there are some precautions you should take.
Norway is among the countries with the highest incidence and mortality of skin cancer in the world. In order to meet these challenges, the Ministry of Health and Care Services gave the Norwegian Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (DSA) the assignment of making and implementing a national UV and skin cancer strategy.