Infection prevention and control is important so that you do not transmit a disease or infection to yourself or your clients.
The Infection prevention and control guidelines for hair, beauty, tattooing and skin penetration industries (2019) helps those involved in these industries to comply with requirements in the:
- Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (the Act)
- Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2019.
These guidelines do not replace industry-specific guidelines or codes of practice, which must also comply with the Act and Regulations. You should talk to the industry association relevant to your business.
The Infection prevention and control guidelines for hair, beauty, tattooing and skin penetration industries have been updated in June 2020 to reflect the changes in the regulations.
Personal care and body art - infection prevention and control requirements
If you work at a personal care or body art business, you are responsible for people’s safety. Infection prevention and control is important.
Beauty therapy – infection prevention and control
Beauty therapy procedures can transmit infections. These businesses should follow guidelines for infection control and prevention.
Body art and tattoo businesses - infection prevention and control
Body art procedures and tattooing carry a high risk of transmitting both viral and bacterial infections. Infection prevention and control in these types of businesses is extremely important.
Notices about scope of registration and client information sheets
As part of changes to regulations, registered premises must display notices about the scope of registration. Additionally, businesses conducting tattooing or skin penetration procedures must provide department approved information sheets to clients.
Hairdressing and make-up application – infection prevention and control
Hairdressing procedures and make-up application can transmit infection, and hairdressers should follow infection prevention and control guidelines specific to the industry.
Information for Registered Premises and Environmental Health Officers
Information for Registered Premises and Environmental Health Officers regarding hair, beauty, tattooing and skin penetration industries.
Reviewed 24 October 2021