SUNBED shop operators across the borough have been warned they have a month to get in line with safety standards - or face legal action.

Barnsley Council's Regulatory Services will be visiting tanning salons across Barnsley over the next few weeks to ensure the beds have a maximum emission of 0.3W/m2 (equivalent to the summer midday sun in the Mediterranean).

Business owners will also be reminded of the Sunbeds (Regulation) Act which bans under-18s from using them.

Penny Greenwood, Barnsley Council's Nurse Consultant in Public Health, said: “The more you use a sunbed, the greater your risk of skin cancer.

"Using a sunbed once a month or more can increase your risk of skin cancer by more than half. So when the tan fades, the damage remains.”

Businesses have until the end of March to make sure their beds comply with UV limits - which could involve replacing tubes with those of a lower wattage.