Procedures carried out by hairdressers and beauty therapists can spread infections from person to person if not carried out correctly.
Unclean equipment can spread skin and nail infections. Equipment that penetrates the skin can also transmit viral infections such as HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.
Routine Inspection Program
Council Environmental Health Officers carry out random inspections of hair and beauty salons to ensure that appropriate hygiene standards are being maintained.
Fees are charged for the inspections in accordance with Section 608 of the Local Government Act 1993.
See the current fees and charges.
All hair and beauty salons must comply with the relevant standards set out in Schedule 2 under the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005.
Premises where skin penetration procedures are carried out must also comply with the Public Health (Skin Penetration) Regulation 2000.
Skin penetration procedures include any of the following procedures:
- Ear, nose or body piercing
- Hair removal (e.g. waxing or electrolysis)
- Any other procedure that involves skin penetration (e.g. beauty treatment that involves the deliberate removal of skin)
- Any procedure prescribed by the regulations (e.g. colonic lavage).
All hairdresser’s shops and beauty salons must be registered with Council before trading commences. To register a hair or beauty salon complete and submit a Registration of Business Details form.
Factsheets and guidelines from the NSW Health website:
For further information contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on 9952 8222.