Published 08.11.2007 , updated: 26.10.2009, 16:46
The sun is of great significance for human health and provides enhanced quality of life together with the formation of Vitamin D in the body. Unfortunately, sunbathing – both outdoors and in tanning studios – also causes harmful effects, the most serious being increased risk of skin cancer. Other long-term effects include cataracts and faster ageing of the skin. We receive UV radiation from both the sun and from artificial sources, the best-known probably being tanning salons. UV radiation is employed for other purposes than sunbathing, for example treatment of certain skin complaints, sterilisation of instruments and surfaces in hospitals, and hardening of plastic materials in industry. The Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority has an administrative responsibility within all these fields, and scientific activities in several fields that deal with UV radiation.The Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority is also responsible for approval of tanning salons/sun lamps in Norway.The UV network is a measuring system for monitoring of natural ultraviolet radiation in Norway.