Governor Cuomo announced that during recent inspections of ultraviolet tanning devices in Delaware, Greene and Otsego Counties, inspectors from the New York State Department of Health found safety violations in 70 percent of the devices they examined. These inspections are continuously conducted throughout the state and are vital to ensuring that tanning salon operators are in full compliance with the state's health and safety regulations.
"Exposure to UV radiation can be extremely harmful, especially when unsafe devices are in use and proper procedures are not followed," Governor Cuomo said. "Protecting New Yorkers is a top priority of this administration and we will continue to conduct these inspections to ensure these salons are following health and safety standards."
Over the past several months, inspectors from the Department of Health's Oneonta District Office examined 41 devices, 29 of which were found to have unsafe conditions.
The most common violation involved the use of UV bulbs that were not in accordance with the device manufacturer's labeling.
Violations were found at the following facilities:
- Blood Sweat and Shears – Stamford
- Cardio Club - Delhi
- Catching Rays – Cairo
- Contempo Cuts – Coxsackie
- Doreen’s Family Hair Care Salon – Durham
- Emerald City Salon & Day Spa – Sidney
- Jill’s Tanning Salon – Burlington
- Main St. Styles – Richfield Springs
- Salon 255 LTD – Coxsackie
- Shear Transition – Unadilla
- Snap Fitness – Catskill
- Tanning Bed – Oneonta
- Tannare – Walton
Other violations included failure to maintain operator control over UV timers, allowing customers to set their own exposure time and the absence of labels on tanning devices. One device also had a potential electrical hazard. Almost half of the 14 facilities housing these devices were found to be using unapproved disinfectants and not adequately maintaining customer records.
In most cases, operators corrected the violations promptly, and the devices were reopened within one to four days.
New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said, "DOH remains vigilant over the operation of UV devices to help ensure the safety of New Yorkers who continue to use tanning beds and booths. Indoor tanning, like any form of tanning, poses certain health risks. We need to make sure that it is being done as safely as possible."
Indoor tanning produces UV radiation that darkens the skin, much in the way natural sunlight does. Like sunlight, indoor tanning raises the risk for skin cancer, premature aging of the skin, burns, and injury to the skin and eyes. People with fair skin, light colored eyes and a history of sunburn are especially vulnerable to skin cancer.
In New York, permitted tanning facilities are inspected at least once during the two-year permit cycle. Operators of facilities with tanning devices should become familiar with state regulations by visiting: http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/indoors/tanning/.
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