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Radiological Health - Indoor Tanning

Indoor Tanning Regulation in South Carolina

Before you can allow customers to use your tanning equipment or open your tanning facility, you must register with DHEC's Division of Electronic Products, part of DHEC's Health Regulations bureau.

Why DHEC Regulates Tanning Facilities

There are more than 800 tanning facilities registered in South Carolina; together, these facilities operate about 2200 pieces of tanning equipment.

DHEC regulates tanning facilities to protect customers from poor sanitation and dangerous overexposure to ultraviolet radiation. Overexposure can harm a person's health, causing everything from painful sunburn to a deadly form of skin cancer (malignant melanoma).

Although DHEC staff are no longer able to inspect tanning facilities routinely, we do inspect a facility whenever we receive a complaint or a report of an injury. As part of an inspection, we may review equipment performance, operator training, overall facility operation, sanitation, and exposure control.

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For additional information, contact DHEC's Bureau of Radiological Health at (803) 545-4400.