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There are risks associated with overexposure to ultraviolet light from tanning beds and booths as there are with overexposure to sunlight. Tanning facility staff will advise you about the maximum exposure time for the particular device you will use, the operation of emergency shutoff controls, the requirement for protective eyewear, and the location of personal hygiene facilities.  Tanning bed surfaces and protective eyewear must be sanitized between uses.

There are currently more than 1,600 tanning facilities with over 7,100 tanning devices that are licensed by Florida county health departments.  County Health Departments inspect tanning facilities twice per year to verify their safe and sanitary operation. In addition, the department developed two brochures to better educate the public, one on indoor tanning facts and one for teen tanners. You may download the indoor tanning facts brochure as an Adobe Acrobat pdf file.  The  indoor tanning facts brochure and the teen tanners brochure are available in a printed version from the contact listed below.

FAQ's about Spray-On Tanning 

The Florida Department of Health works with tanning facilities that provide services using tanning devices that emit electromagnetic radiation of wavelengths between 200 and 400 nanometers. There are many devices that are ultraviolet free, which are used to create the appearance of the perfect tan. Currently the Department does not work with these types of products or devices. The most asked about products are airbrush tanning and spray-on tanning. These products use dihydroxyacetone (DHA), which interacts with the skin to produce a bronze color. The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates and approves the chemicals used in alternative tanning methods. For further information can be found on the FDA website.