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UV Tanning

Indoor tanning using ultraviolet sunlamp-based equipment has been a popular activity since the 1970's, but it has only been subject to regulation in the state of Louisiana since 1990. Louisiana is one of 24 states in the U.S. that currently regulate UV tanning, and it is one of only five that mandate classroom training for UV tanning equipment operators.

Because the FDA classifies UV tanning equipment as belonging to the group of Class I medical devices and medical devices are under the regulatory authority of the Food and Drug Unit in the state of Louisiana, FDU personnel are responsible for regulatory oversight of recreational (non-medical) UV tanning equipment operators in Louisiana, under the auspices of the Tanning Facility Regulation Act of 1990 (LSA R.S. §2701 et seq. and departmental regulations promulgated thereunder.

The Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Medical Association, and the American Association of Dermatologists have all stated in writing that they discourage the use of ultraviolet tanning equipment for non-medical purposes. There is some evidence to suggest that UV tanning is linked to increased rates of melanoma and other health problems; there are no proven medical benefits to UV tanning. Please see The Darker Side of Tanning and Don't Be in the Dark About Tanning for more information.

 


RESOURCES

If you are a prospective tanning salon operator, the following documents may be of use (all documents below are in Adobe Acrobat format; go to the Acrobat website to obtain Reader software if needed):

 

Regulations

Forms

  • Notice to Tanning Facility Owners Regarding Training - memorandum sent to facility owners in 2004 emphasizing Louisiana's mandatory classroom operator training; attached is a list of currently-approved trainers with contact information
  • Tanning Injury Report Form - Louisiana law requires that the department be notified of any complaints of injuries resulting from the use of your equipment within 5 business days and your facility is required to have injury report forms on hand for this purpose
  • Medications That Increase Sensitivity to Light - this 1990 FDA publication lists medications known at that time to evoke heightened photosensitivity; remind your clients who are taking any medications or herbal supplements to check with their primary-care physician prior to tanning

Sample Documents

Below are samples of some commonly-used forms. You are not legally required to use these specific forms.

  • Initial Visit Statements - These initial visit statements (one for those over the age of majority and one for minors), also known as consent forms, must be kept on file for all clients in perpetuity.
  • Skin Typing Chart - Use this chart or a similar one obtained from your equipment manufacturer to determine which exposure schedule your clients should utilize for optimum results.
  • Daily Tanning Log - These logs may be useful for operations with a small client base or infrequent use; because exposure records for individual clients are required to be kept for six years, it would be more efficient for larger operations to utilize a computer database to keep track of this information.