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Environmental Health

Exposure to non-ionizing radiation, such as ultraviolet light (UV) has been implicated in the occurrence of acute injuries and chronic diseases. Tanning devices expose users to ultraviolet radiation to affect a tan.

Florida Department of Health in Indian River County (DOH-Indian River) permits and inspects tanning facilities to prevent or reduce the risk of occurrence of those injuries and diseases that may occur due to their UV radiation exposure. Facilities are also inspected to prevent the occurrence of communicable diseases associated with the lack of sanitary operations. Tanning facilities must only allow customers to tan only once within a 24 hour period. 

Some medications, cosmetics and consumption of certain foods can increase sensitivity to UV radiation. Individuals should consult a physician before using a sun lamp if they are taking medications that are included on the known Photosensitizing Medication List.

Florida tanning facility operation requirements are found in Chapter 64E-17, Florida Administrative Code and Section 381.89 Florida Statutes.

Performance requirements for ultraviolet light equipment are found in Title 21 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Section 1040.20.

For more information on tanning and the downloadable applications, please visit the Florida Department of Health Tanning Facilities Health Issues webpage.

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