Tanning salon Little Rock, Arkansas, has become one of the first in the United States to offer a radiation free tanning area.
The salons founder and manager, Lauren Tully, is proud of the fact that she is the only salons in the state that has a full-service radiation free facility.
However, the salons main focus is on radiation prevention.
“The majority of radiation exposure that we see in the community is from outdoor activities, like swimming,” said Tully.
“Most people are exposed to a small amount of radiation from the sun but if we do something in our house that is outside that exposure could be quite large.”
Tully said the company has been able to provide its clients with a free radiation screening test in addition to the standard radiation test.
“We are doing our best to get the results to the highest standard possible,” she said.
The radiation testing is done through the state’s Radiation Prevention Program.
Tully added that they have been receiving referrals from clients who have passed radiation screening tests.
“A lot of times when you go into a saloon, you see these little girls and boys who are out here and they are not doing well,” she told Al Jazeera.
“So, the goal is to make sure that we have these people as well as we can.”
Tully explained that radiation is a problem that can be dealt with.
“There are some people who have high radiation levels, but there are also a lot of people that are not,” she added.
“That’s the beauty of the radiation-free tanning facility is that it doesn’t require you to go into your home.
We are really focused on the prevention side of things.
We don’t really have anything that would take away from the exposure.
We have our full-time radiation protection staff who are trained in how to deal with that.”
The radiation free areas radiation free area is located in Little Rock.
Tull said that her company is only providing its clients a free screening test and that they do not have to go through the mandatory annual radiological testing that other salons require.
“They do have to be screened every year, so they are required to do that.
If they are in the sun all day, they have to get their blood tested,” she explained.
Tilly said that the radiation protection of the saloons employees has been a major factor in the success of the program.
“I think what makes this a success is that our employees have been very loyal to us,” she stressed.
“Our employees are extremely dedicated.
We go out of our way to get people to pass through our doors.
If you have any questions about any of our clients, we are here to help.”
According to Tully and her staff, their staff are extremely loyal to the company and to their customers.
“If we have a client who doesn’t want to do the testing and they don’t want the information we have to give them, we can just go back to them, give them some more information, tell them they can come back in three weeks and we will give them a free testing,” she concluded.
Al Jazeera is not naming the salon due to privacy laws in the US.
The Little Rock facility, called The Sun’s Sunlight Spa, has seen a large rise in radiation levels in recent years.
According to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in 2014, there were approximately 1,600 radiation-related deaths from occupational exposures in the USA.
A report by the CDC in 2010 found that the number of people in the U.S. who had experienced a radiation-associated cancer death was approximately 7,000.