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Skin penetration procedures

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Skin penetration procedure is defined under the Public Health Act 2010 to mean any procedure that penetrates the skin or declared by the Public Health Regulation 2012 as being a skin penetration procedure.

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • tattooing
  • body and ear piercing
  • colonic lavage
  • waxing
  • electrolysis
  • cuticle cutting
  • body modifications e.g. scarification
  • micro-dermabrasion
  • blackhead removal using a needle

Council conducts annual inspections of beauty services that involve Skin Penetration procedures to ensure they meet current legislated requirements.

This inspection will involve the assessment of:

  • Cleanliness of premises
  • Fit-out and construction of premises
  • Provision of facilities and equipment for cleaning, sterilising, hand washing, and storage
  • Waste storage and disposal including sharps and contaminated waste
  • Current procedures
  • Hygiene standards and practices including cleaning, disinfecting and sanitising of equipment
  • Records for waste disposal and autoclave if required.

Fact sheets detailing beauty and skin penetration procedures may be found  here.