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Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 09/02/2011

Tanning rules for D.C.

Following new federal health standards and concerns over the safety of tanning salons, the District has rolled out 74 pages worth of draft rules and regulations that would limit who can use the salons and what they’ll be told before they do so.

The rules, which will be finalized within 30 days, would make it illegal for anyone under 14 to use equipment in tanning salons and require anyone under 18 to get a parental consent form before being allowed to tan. Additionally, all salons will be required to provide FDA-compliant eye protection, keep the tanning equipment in sanitary condition and ensure that the interior of the tanning salon does not exceed 100° F. Salons would also be required to post a warning sign informing customers of the dangers of extended exposure to ultraviolet rays. Anyone looking to open a tanning salon would have to get a license from the D.C. Department of Health.

That’s only the first few pages of rules, though. In the later pages, there are rules governing everything from how salons have to be built to toilet paper (required in in every bathroom) and fish (permitted, but only if in a sanitary aquarium).

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Martin Austermuhle blogs at DCist. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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