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1. HVLP (high volume, low-pressure) systems are driven by a turbine unit.
2. HVLP Application - Most manufacturers recommend spraying in a continuous up and down motion when using HVLP equipment.

3. Like those businesses offering sunless spray services, the OSHA standards for walking and working surfaces apply to all permanent places of employment.
4. Slips are generally caused by the interaction of any or all of three factors: Footwear, Flooring, and __________________________.
a. Contaminants (substances that may come between the floor and the shoe like sunless solutions).
b. Customers interaction
c. None of the above
5. Which of the following are cost-effective options for increasing a floor's slip resistance:
a. Paint floors in high-risk work areas with abrasive material
b. Etch the surface with acids, such as hydrofluoric acid
c. Place slip-resistant mats in the most slip-prone areas.
d. All of the above

6. 40% of U.S. tanning salons offer at least one form of sunless spray services.
7. The tanning industry recognizes dihydroxyacetone, or DHA, as the colorless sugar that makes the magic happen in the self-tanning process. DHA reacts with skin proteins, including amino acids, in the outermost layer of skin.
8. Skin coloration takes anywhere from two to four hours and lasts three to five days--depending on skin type and the DHA concentration in the lotion.
9. The solution _______ is very similar chemically to DHA and works synergistically with it to give a more natural and potentially longer lasting tan.
a. erythrulose
b. caffeine
c. none of the above

10. Skin replaces itself naturally every 28 days. 25% of skin is exfoliated each week causing a uv-tan to wear away.
11. It is recommended that after every __________ of spray tanning, you let your skin rest for 10 days. This allows you to completely loose your sunless tan periodically which helps eliminate patchiness or uneven areas of wear.
a. 10 weeks
b. 7 days
c. 5 weeks
12. Once you have become familiar with the operation of the airbrush your ready to begin spraying on the body. Always spray the legs first, as this will give the lower body area the longest amount of time to dry.
13. When spraying a customers face with the airbrush, ________________________________________.
a. Avoid spraying into ears. Oils in the ear often cause ears to over darken. Over spray from the face will blend color onto the ears nicely.
b. Go back into detailed areas of the face, which may not have gotten sprayed evenly on the first pass, such as under eyebrows and nose. (avoid spraying directly into nostrils).
c. All of the above
14. To create an even, natural tan when using an airbrush, spray the body in a vertical motion starting from top to bottom. Never spray using a circular motion.
15. Due to the high volume of air from a body gun of an air brush unit, the air pressure will periodically drop too low to operate. You will find that spraying the solution in _______________.
a. long strokes across the entire body works best.
b. Short 1-2 second bursts across the entire body works best.
c. None of the above

16. FDA suggests to consumers to ask which of the following questions when considering commercial facilities where DHA is applied by spraying or misting:
a. Are consumers protected from exposure in the entire area of the eyes, in addition to the eyes themselves?
b. Are consumers protected from exposure on the lips and all parts of the body covered by mucous membrane?
c. Are consumers protected from internal exposure caused by inhaling or ingesting the product?
d. All of the above
17. Sunless Airbrush Technicians must take extra care in informing clients to avoid breathing the sunless product during the application process.
18. DHA was listed with three “risk numbers.” R36, R37 and _______.
a. R45 Irritating to face
b. R51 Irritating to the scalp
c. R38 Irritating to skin
19. Common sense would dictate for technicians to wear _______ while spraying a client to avoid repeated inhalation.
a. an apron
b. a mask
c. gloves

20. Which of the following statements is true:
a. The sunless spray solution should dry enough to re-dress in 8-12 minutes depending on the individual.
b. The client should wait 4-5 hours after tanning before showering, swimming or vigorous physical activity.
c. Avoid immediately wearing tight fitting clothing that may cause lines in your tan.
d. all of the above
21. DHA Products can lose their effectiveness when exposed to heat.
22. You can speed up customer drying times by drying them off with _______________.
a. a warm dry hand towel
b. a hand held hair dryer
c. Either a or b
23. Room Set Up - When choosing a paint color, it would be helpful to look for a ______ paint color that will help to mask the overspray, but not hide it so that the room can be properly cleaned.
a. very dark
b. very light
c. medium

24. No matter which system you use _________________________.
a. you should always work in a ventilated area or spray booth designated specifically for spray tanning.
b. you do not have to worry about working in a ventilated area or spray booth designated specifically for spray tanning, as long as you are careful.
c. None of the above
25. Which of the following are airbrush Setup steps.
a. Attach the air hose to your compressor
b. Plug in your compressor and turn it on.
c. When you have confirmed your airbrush is working properly, fill one of the reservoir bottles with sunless solution and begin spraying.
d. All of the above
26. In order to properly maintain and clean your airbrush, you should always immerse your spray unit in a solvent.
27. Which of the following is a basic step in eliminating sunless solution irregularities:
a. Store product in a cool, dark place. Refrigerating the solution after it is open is recommended. Repeated or prolonged storage at high temperatures will reduce the products effectiveness.
b. Pour the solution through a metal funnel or store in metal containers.
c. both a and b

28. When using an electrical device like a sunless system at home or in your business, certain basic steps should be followed to help eliminate possible electrical shock. The CPSC estimates that electric receptacles are involved in 5,300 fires annually which claim 40 lives and injure 110 consumers.
29. Only a qualified person should replace deteriorated and damaged receptacles and, when necessary or required by law, upgrade electrical systems to present safety standards.
30. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, you can _____________________.
a. call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772
b. send the information to
c. either a or b or both

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