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Radiological Health Program

The Radiological Health Program evaluates the equipment and operating procedures of x-ray and tanning facilities throughout the County. Assuring compliance with the regulations provides protection against accidental harmful exposures during medical x-rays and visits to tanning salons.

X-ray Equipment Inspections

The Radiological Health Program inspects and evaluates several different types of x-ray equipment that can be located at various medical facilities (clinics and hospitals), medical offices (chiropractors, doctors, dentists, podiatrists, veterinarians), and educational and industrial facilities.

The following is a list of the type of x-ray equipment frequently inspected:
  • Above table Fluroscopic
  • Industrial Gauges
Regulations to Govern the Production and Use of Radiation in Jefferson County, Alabama

Tanning Inspections

The Health Department evaluates tanning facilities and equipment once each year for cleanliness and operational procedures. Each facility is graded on a scale of 100 and a numerical score is issued upon the completion of each inspection.

The following are some of the Health Department requirements for tanning facilities:
  • Tanning devices shall comply with FDA regulations.
  • An operator shall be present when tanning equipment is operated.
  • Current inspection score and results shall be posted in a location easily visible to the consumer.
  • Warning signs shall be posted.
  • Tanning devices shall be cleaned prior to each use.

Health Problems Associated with Tanning

There are dangers of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, tanning beds, and sun lamps. Two types of ultraviolet radiation are Ultraviolet A (UVA) and Ultraviolet B (UVB). UVB is associated with sunburn, while UVA is recognized as a deeper penetrating radiation. There may be an association between UVA radiation and malignant melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer.

For additional information on x-ray and tanning inspections:
(205) 930-1276
Central Health Center
(Guy M. Tate)

1400 Sixth Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233
(205) 588-5234

(205) 933-9110
Eastern Health Center
601 West Blvd Roebuck
Birmingham, AL 35206
Programs and Clinics
(205) 588-5234
Western Health Center
631 Bessemer Super Hwy
Midfield, AL 35228
Programs and Clinics
(205) 588-5234
Hours of Operation:
All Centers are open 7:45am to 4:30pm. Phone lines for clinic appointments open at 7:00am Monday through Friday.

If this is a Medical Emergency call 911.
If you are a patient and need to reach your health care team after business hours for non-life threatening conditions, call (205) 588-5234. For Medical Emergencies dial 911.

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(205) 930-1585
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