ASSEMBLY, No. 3766

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

213th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED FEBRUARY 9, 2009

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman FREDERICK SCALERA

District 36 (Bergen, Essex and Passaic)

Assemblyman GARY S. SCHAER

District 36 (Bergen, Essex and Passaic)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Requires DHSS to prepare and distribute signs for display at public beaches advising patrons to protect their skin from sun exposure.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Act concerning public health protection and supplementing Title 26 of the Revised Statutes.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    Subject to the availability of funding as provided pursuant to section 3 of this act, the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services shall prepare, and distribute Statewide in such a manner as to effectuate the purposes of this bill, signs for display at each public entrance to every public beach in this State advising patrons to take appropriate measures to protect their skin from sun exposure.  The design of, and wording on, these signs shall be in accordance with guidelines adopted by, and shall be prepared in consultation with, the American Cancer Society.

 

     2.    A sign prepared pursuant to section 1 of this act shall be posted at each entrance designated for public use at a beach that is open to members of the general public.

 

     3.    The Commissioner of Health and Senior Services shall seek to obtain such funding to carry out the provisions of this bill from non-public sources as may be available for those purposes.

 

     4.    This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill is intended to reinforce, for the large numbers of beach goers in this State each year, the public health message about the importance of protecting one’s skin from the ultraviolet (UV) rays contained in sunlight.

     UV radiation can cause premature aging of the skin, wrinkles, cataracts, and skin cancer. The amount of damage from UV exposure depends on the strength of the light, the length of exposure, and whether the skin is protected; but sun exposure at any age can cause skin cancer.  The measures which individuals can take to protect themselves from UV rays include:

     -- covering one’s skin with tightly-woven clothing that blocks out light;

     -- using sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15;

     -- wearing a wide brim hat (not a baseball cap) that protects the neck, ears, eyes, forehead, nose, and scalp;

     -- wearing UV-absorbent sunglasses; and

     -- limiting exposure to UV rays, which are most intense between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

     This bill provides specifically as follows:

·   Subject to the availability of funding as provided pursuant to the bill, the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services is directed to prepare, and distribute Statewide in such a manner as to effectuate the purposes of this bill, signs for display at each public entrance to every public beach in this State advising patrons to take appropriate measures to protect their skin from sun exposure.

·   The design of, and wording on, these signs is to be in accordance with guidelines adopted by, and to be prepared in consultation with, the American Cancer Society.

·   A sign prepared pursuant to this bill is to be posted at each entrance designated for public use at a beach that is open to members of the general public.

·   The Commissioner of Health and Senior Services is further directed to seek to obtain such funding to carry out the provisions of this bill from non-public sources as may be available for those purposes.