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