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Beauty therapy, skin penetration, hairdressing and body art

Any process where the skin or mucous membrane is pierced, cut, torn, punctured, shaved or penetrated in any way is classed as a skin penetration procedure, and the business must comply with the Health (Skin Penetration Procedure) Regulations 1998.

This includes many beauty therapy treatments (such as waxing), tattoos (including cosmetic tattoos), piercings and acupuncture. The business is required to comply with the Code of Practice for Skin Penetration Procedures and ensure all practicable steps are taken to prevent the risk of infections (viral, bacterial or fungal infections).

If you wish to start a business involving a skin penetration procedure it is recommended that you seek the advice of an Environmental Health Officer. Skin penetration premises operators are required to notify the Town and submit a Skin Penetration Application. Routine inspections may be undertaken to ensure health risks are minimised, and legislation is complied with.

The legislation does not apply to medical practitioners, dentists, a person under the supervision of a medical practitioner, podiatrists or nurses or any other person registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Further information can be obtained by telephoning the Town on 9383 6600 and asking to speak with an Environmental Health Officer.