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Knowing About Safety Issues In Your Tanning Salon

Apr 26, 2008
With a tanning salon business there are certainly plenty of aspects to cover. One you need to make sure you don't forget about is safety. This way you can keep all of your customers coming back for more. Most of the time they won't even be giving their safety a second thought when they come in if you have covered it as effectively as you should.

The tanning equipment you use is definitely something that is a priority when it comes to safety. Stay on top of recall information and if the equipment isn't working properly have it repaired immediately. Even newer tanning equipment has been known to have some defects so don't think you can ignore this issue if you have just bought new items.

A monthly inspection of all your tanning equipment is a good idea. You want to look at all the cords, the places where customers access and even the knobs. Knowing everything is working well should give you peace of mind. Cords can become a serious issue if they are where customers can trip on them. Make sure you have safety mechanisms in place due to the amount of power you have in the facility.

It is important for all of your customers to know where the emergency shut off button is on the tanning equipment. It is a good idea to place a sign in each of the tanning locations. You never know when they may feel ill while they are in there and need it to be turned off.

Also, be respectful of your customers by telling them when new bulbs are installed. For those with fair skin this will likely mean they need to cut back on their time by a couple of minutes. If you don't take the time to share this information they can walk out of there burned. This will be very uncomfortable for them and it also increases the risk of forms of melanoma.

Informed customers are important to have at a tanning salon. Don't shy away from information about the risks of indoor tanning. Let them know the information and then they can make their own choice from there. An important fact to share is how this form of tanning can render some types of medications ineffective. Their overall health should be more important to you than making a few bucks.

Eye protection should be a necessity that your customers are familiar with. Offer goggles so that they can protect them during the sessions. Some people just don't realize they can permanently damage their eyes due to UV ray exposure in a tanning salon. Others just don't seem to care and you can't change that. Just do your part to offer them the best information you can.

All of your staff members should be well trained in the areas of safety as well. You owe it to your customers to make each experience as comfortable as possible for them. They are tanning to look and feel their very best but it isn't a necessity. They can easily stop doing it or go to another location if they feel you are putting them at risk.
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Betty P Davis writes about the good and the bad of the tanning business. You can avoid the rookie mistakes many new operators make when they start a tanning salon.
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