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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 PDFNotification 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.


Legislation 


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



Fact Sheets 


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

Last Updated: February 20th, 2018
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