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Hairdressers/Barbers, Beauty salons & Skin penetration activities

Skin Penetration Activities

Skin Penetration includes the following activities:

  • Tattooing
  • Ear/nose/body piercing
  • Cutting nail cuticle
  • Hair removal (with the exemption of laser hair removal),
  • Cosmetic enhancement and semi-permanent make-up,
  • Beauty treatments which involve deliberate penetration or removal of the skin, such as microdermabrasion, microneedling (e.g. derma rolling) and extractions during facials, and
  • Any other procedure prescribed by the regulations (which currently includes colonic lavage).

Note: this does not include any procedure carried out by a health practitioner registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, or by a person acting under the direction or supervision of a registered health practitioner, in the course of providing a health service.

All beauty salons and other premises where skin penetration activities have been carried out have a legal obligation to notify Council and are routinely inspected in order to ensure their compliance with the Public Health Act 2010 and Public Health Regulation 2012.

Download, complete and return Notification of skin penetration procedures form (PDF, 144kB) to:

Wingecarribee Shire Council
Civic Centre, Elizabeth St,

Moss Vale NSW 2577.

Email: mail@wsc.nsw.gov.au
Fax: (02) 4869-1203

Council charges an inspection fee for inspections that are carried out.

Hairdressers/Barbers, Beauty salons

Those hairdressers/barbers and beauty salons that don’t carry out skin penetration procedures (see above) are required to comply with the standards specified in the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 (Schedule 2) and may be inspected to ensure compliance with the standards.


LinkPublic Health Act 2010 - Skin Penetration Procedures
LinkPublic Health Regulation 2012 - Extract
LinkLocal Government (General) Regulation 2005 - Schedule 2

Fact Sheets 

LinkBeauty treatment - hygiene standards
LinkBody piercing - hygiene requirements
LinkCleaning and Disinfection of Foot Spas
LinkColonic lavage (or colonic irrigation) - hygiene standards
LinkHairdressing and barbers - hygiene standards
LinkHow to sterilise your instruments
LinkNail treatment (manicures and pedicures) - hygiene standards
LinkTattooing and other body art - hygiene standards
LinkWaxing - hygiene standards

Last Updated: September 11th, 2015
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