Air quality is an important issue when it comes to spray tanning. Several news outlets have published articles regarding the safety of inhaling DHA, and doctors have been clear that there are no long-term studies on the effects of DHA inhalation. They cite one experiment where it mutated genes in lab mice when they inhaled it in concentrated forms.
What does this mean for those of us who are spraying 5- 10+ clients a day?
An easy conclusion is that you should have an exhaust system and be wearing nose filters or better still, a mask while you spray.
A harder one is figuring out how to get as much of the solution out of the air and out of your lungs in an efficient manner.
Our distributors offer several versions of a 3 panel exhaust system that, for anyone who has them, does make a difference in air quality but doesn’t wholly solve the problem (as shown by all of us having solution all over our rooms at the end of the day even with an overspray in place and our clients properly placed to maximize it’s usefulness).
So it got me thinking about other industries where inhalation of the by products is regulated to ensure safety.
And with my mom having gotten cancer from inhaling the effects of living near an industrial wood shop her whole life, I immediately went to woodworking as my example.
The overspray systems available to us have about 950 CFM.
Reminder: CFM Short for cubic feet per minute, a measurement of the velocity at which air flows into or out of a space.
You want maximum air circulation in order to be breathing clean air. Pretty simple.
As there are no regulations on what CFM is necessary to have a clean air standard when it comes to spray tanning, I logically conclude that the more you have, the better you will be safeguarding yourself.
With the constant need to clean up solution all over my spray tan room despite having this $1500 machine that is supposed to do it for me, I logically conclude that the CFM is NOT enough?
So every client has nose filters and I wear them too.
I would like to move to a mask, and will, but need to find one that won’t make me sweat to the point of distraction. That hasn’t happened yet, but the Vog Masks are a good choice for those of you using them.
So I went back to woodworking, and how they filter air in their shops, and came upon this:
On high it adds another 400 CFM to my room. I bought 2.
So in theory, when all turned on, I have 1700 CFM in my room.
This is higher than any OSHA standard for CFM in wood shops (though I will say that most agree that OSHA’s standards are way too low).
So for those of you who didn’t spend the $1500 on an exhaust system, or can’t, or use a tent in a room, or are mobile, or have just a backdrop and see more than 1-2 clients a week, here’s what I would do :
If you are mobile,you are not doing multiple clients on a daily basis in one spot, so your needs are less than someone in one physical room all day. You better be wearing a mask. Vog Mask, THIS version, disposables….you need a mask. Your exhaust box fan is worthless when it comes to your health.
You may also consider this: https://www.amazon.com/Shop-Vac-1030000-Cleaner-Filtration-System/dp/B00004T181/ref=sr_1_fkmr2_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1466788218&sr=8-1-fkmr2&keywords=black+and+decker+portable+air+filtration
235 CFM is a lot more than your exhaust fan is providing.
For those without an exhaust system in plac but a physical space where you tan, you need to get on our level to meet the lower end of OSHA’s standard for air quality. So 2 of the systems above with 400 CFM output gets you in range for under $400.
Or you can really get it together and get this version, which gets you up to 1400CFM:
It’s huge and heavy, so consider your space.
Oh, and here’s the chart: