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Charles Ditmer

Head of Tanning Section

DHEC

HQ Phone: (803) 545-4200

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DHEC

2600 Bull Street

Columbia, South Carolina 29201

United States

Company Description

What We Do: Besides our offices in Columbia, DHEC operates health and environmental regional offices, as well as local health departments and clinics, to ensure that the many programs and services we provide will meet the needs of local areas. Some servic ... more

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Employment History

State of South Carolina

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upstatebeat.com: INVESTIGATIVE REPORT: Looking Good Can Kill You

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The training is "face-to-face," says Charles Ditmer, DHEC section manager of the X-Ray and Radiation Inspections and Calibrations Lab.Two companies, Mann UV Technology and The International Smart Tan Network are accepted to train operators.Salons can't state or imply in any ads or signs that the facility is approved by DHEC, can't use the word "safe" or wording implying that the tanning equipment is free of hazards. ("No burning," "no harmful rays," "no adverse effects," "healthy" cannot be used.)

Ditmer added that no such claims could be made by any employee verbally.
As for whether tanning beds are safe, Ditmer says, "without scientific documentation, which we haven't seen, they can't represent it in that manner."
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DHEC's regulations require operators to "recognize and report any injuries related to UV radiation," which Ditmer explained to mean, "Even if a client reports a slight burn to an operator, they have an obligation report it to us."
But Ditmer couldn't say how many reports the unit has received.He said DHEC has taken enforcement actions against salons, but couldn't name a specific incidence, or what the nature of the enforcement action DHEC takes, referring us to public affairs.Ditmer, head of DHEC's tanning section, also said he didn't know how many tanning salon inspectors DHEC has for the state.


The Sun News | 03/01/2006 | Bill would deregulate tanning beds

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"Tanning is important, but we have to get our priorities in order," said Charles Ditmer, section manager of DHEC's X-ray inspection and calibration laboratory, explaining the agency's decision to bow out of tanning.


The State | 03/01/2006 | Why monitor tanning parlors?

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"Tanning is important, but we have to get our priorities in order," said Charles Ditmer, section manager of DHEC's X-ray inspection and calibration laboratory, explaining the agency's decision to bow out of tanning.


Charlotte Observer | 03/01/2006 | More than $2K taken from slain woman's home

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"Tanning is important, but we have to get our priorities in order," said Charles Ditmer, section manager of DHEC's X-ray inspection and calibration laboratory.


The training is "face-to-face," says ...

columbiacitypaper.com [cached]

The training is "face-to-face," says Charles Ditmer, DHEC section manager of the X-Ray and Radiation Inspections and Calibrations Lab. Two companies, Mann UV Technology and The International Smart Tan Network are accepted to train operators. Salons can't state or imply in any ads or signs that the facility is approved by DHEC, can't use the word "safe" or wording implying that the tanning equipment is free of hazards. ("No burning," "no harmful rays," "no adverse effects," "healthy" cannot be used.)

Ditmer added that no such claims could be made by any employee verbally.
As for whether tanning beds are safe, Ditmer says, "without scientific documentation, which we haven't seen, they can't represent it in that manner."
...
DHEC's regulations require operators to "recognize and report any injuries related to UV radiation," which Ditmer explained to mean, "Even if a client reports a slight burn to an operator, they have an obligation report it to us."
But Ditmer couldn't say how many reports the unit has received. He said DHEC has taken enforcement actions against salons, but couldn't name a specific incidence, or what the nature of the enforcement action DHEC takes, referring us to public affairs. Ditmer, head of DHEC's tanning section, also said he didn't know how many tanning salon inspectors DHEC has for the state.

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