Barnstable Board of Health Chair Dr. Wayne Miller said the town’s Health Division staff are looking into the incident where the women suffered first and second degree burns.
The health department has received three formal complaints. Three or four additional ones have been mentioned in the press.
From what officials know now, it appears that one tanning bed at the salon was broken and has been taken out of service. The salon has five days to report the incident to the town and the state.
Miller said the investigation into what happened is ongoing and he did not know whether the board of health will need to hold a show cause hearing on the issue.
“If the health inspector believes that there is a situation that’s imminent and a serious threat to the public health than the board of health will hold an emergency meeting and deal with a show cause type of thing. From what I hear, it doesn’t sound like that’s going to be the issue. If they had refused to close that bed down, that would be a reason for us to hold an emergency meeting,” he said.
The women notified the salon and were treated at Cape Cod Hospital.
Miller said penalties could range from a warning to suspension or revocation of the salon’s license.
Miller said, “From what I have had reported to me, it seems like they acted appropriately when they got the report of a problem with the machine. What I don’t know is what their QC, their quality control measures were and whether they were adequately followed prior to their event.”
The Board will take up the matter at its next meeting on August 12th.