Indoor Tanning Regulations Overview

Before you open a tanning facility or allow customers to use tanning equipment, you must register with the Tanning Program.

Why DHEC Regulates Tanning Facilities

There are more than 400 tanning facilities registered in South Carolina.

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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