Waxing is a procedure that penetrates the skin, so infection control practices need to be in place to prevent infections spreading from one person to another.
Waxing is a procedure that is used to temporarily remove hair from a person’s body. Body hair accumulates microorganisms (germs) and removing the hair with wax also removes these microorganisms, upper skin layers, blood and wound scabs.
Wax used in the hair removal procedure is contaminated and if the wax is reused or cross contamination occurs, it can lead to bacterial infections such as staphylococcal, streptococcal and folliculitis.
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: