Nail technicians need to put in place infection control practices to prevent infections spreading from one person to another.
Nail treatments that involve skin penetration can include cuticle cutting, razor scraping and cuticle pushing.
These skin penetration procedures can damage client's skin and there is a risk of spreading infections between clients. Poor cleaning and hygiene can allow viral, bacterial and fungal infections to be spread by contaminated equipment and surfaces. This can include diseases such as Hepatitis C and B as well as infections of staphylococcal, streptococcal and pseudomonas.
Businesses can find 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: