Disinfecting your equipment is of utmost importance because of the rise
in communicable diseases. The most widely publicized of these today is
the HIV virus (AIDS). There are other forms of bacteria and other viruses
to think about. Doctors claim that toilet seats, Jacuzzis and shower rooms
do not play host to the HIV virus. They are not so certain about more
intimate items such as toothbrushes, razors, and in a tanning facility
perhaps the protective eyewear
Considering that indoor tanning is a fairly intimate industry, a salon
owner/operators need to know how to respond to inquiries about AIDS and
tanning units. They also need to know more about equipment maintenance
and sanitation to ensure that hygiene problems of any kind are kept at
bay. Most microorganisms' die immediately upon exposure to ultraviolet
light, but when left on handles and the sunbed frame, they can live for
an unspecified time period.
Some infectious diseases to be aware of include: hepatitis A and B,
influenza viruses and conjunctivitis (pinkeye). One thing
salons often neglect to disinfect is the tanning pillow. If the vinyl
on a pillow is split, bacteria and viruses can live inside the warm foam.
Any split or cracked pillow should be replaced immediately, and all pillows
should be disinfected after every use.
Tanning salon employees must be responsible for disinfecting the entire
tanning room rather than leaving it up to your customers. Your customers
don’t know all the cleaning/disinfecting methods and don’t
really want to be bothered with it anyway. In some states regulations
prohibit customers from cleaning/disinfecting the tanning room.
Another critical area of sanitation is protective eyewear. Because of
the risk of infectious diseases (i.e. impetigo, viral and bacterial infections,
conjunctivitis etc.) goggles must be cleaned, then disinfected between
Remind clients that the risk of infection does not only come from other
people, but it is possible to continually re-infect yourself if you have
some type of virus or infection. The cleaning solution used should be
designed for protective eyewear specifically. Make sure it has been mixed
properly to prevent eye irritation.
The solution needs to be non-toxic and not leave a film or residue behind
after drying. It must clearly state on the product label that it will
effectively kill all leading germs and bacteria. The solution must not
destroy the plastic in the goggles and make the plastic fall below FDA
State, local and FDA regulations that apply to sanitation vary from area
to area and must be complied with in all cases. Check with the regulating
body(s) in your area to be sure you are in compliance.