Beauticians who carry out skin penetration procedures need to put in place infection control practices to prevent infections spreading from one person to another.
Beauticians carry out many beauty treatments that involve skin penetration procedures, including waxing, electrolysis, microdermabrasion, cuticle cutting, razor scrapping and cosmetic tattooing.
These skin penetration procedures can damage client’s skin and there is a risk of infections spreading between clients. Poor cleaning and hygiene of equipment and surfaces can spread viral, bacterial or fungal infections from one client to another. This can result in diseases such as Hepatitis C and B, or staphylococcal, streptococcal and pseudomonas infections.
Businesses can find the rules for skin penetration procedures in the Public Health Regulation 2022 (the Regulation).
Further action may be taken if a business fails to comply with the Regulation. This may include: