Hair, Beauty and Skin Penetration Premises
Hairdressers, beauty salons, nail technicians, skin penetration premises, such as ear piercing, tattooists and acupuncturists.
Owners, operators or proprietors of hair, beauty and skin penetration premises are required to be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition and suitably constructed to ensure hygenic conditions.
Guidelines for the Construction and Operation of Hairdressing, Beauty and Skin Penetration Premises (PDF, 3Mb) , produced by the Hunter Region Health Education Committee. The guidelines cover operator hygiene, skin preparation, clothing, cleaning, disinfection, sterilisation, waste disposal and requirements for construction.
NSW Health publishes a wide range of materials that are available to the community and are available on the NSW Health Website, including Skin Penetration Guidelines, the code of best practice and a number of factsheets.
Skin penetration premises are regulated under the Public Health Act 1991 and Public Health (Skin Penetration) Regulation 2000. Hairdressing and other body decorating and grooming practices that do not deliberately pierce the skin must comply with the requirements of Council as issued under the Local Government Act 1993.
The Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care Website also provides useful health information www.healthinsite.gov.au.
Inspections by Council
Gosford City Council's Environmental Health Officers undertake regular inspections of Hairdressers, beauty salons, nail technicians and premises involved in skin penetration, such as ear piercing, tattooists and acupuncturists.
The primary aim of these inspections is to ensure businesses are operating in a safe and hygenic manner.