ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Nail salon drying lamps would be regulated under a bill passed by New York's state Senate.

The Times Union says the lamps use ultraviolet rays. The amount of exposure is very small when compared to tanning beds but concerns have been raised about the long-term effects.

The measure is sponsored by Republican Sen. Catharine Young. It now goes to the Assembly.

Democratic Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal says people should be aware of any risks so they can take precautions such as applying sunscreen.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says the lamps are safe when used correctly.

A Professional Beauty Association safety council says there are no real dangers because of the lamps' relatively low intensity. The group also notes that it takes just three to five minutes to dry nails.


Information from: Times Union,

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