Hairdressing guidelines exist that provide hairdressers with and understanding of the health implications of the procedures that they undertake to ensure they protect their customers. Many hairdressing facilities offer skin penetration procedures.
The practice of skin penetration has existed in many societies for hundreds of years. Skin penetration involves the process of the piercing, cutting, puncturing, and/or tearing of the skin or mucous membrane. Body piercing, tattooing, waxing nail manicures and pedicures are examples.
Skin penetration is an invasive procedure with potential health risks. If correct precautions are not taken, blood-borne viruses such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and a range of bacterial infections can be transmitted to operators or clients through contaminated equipment or unhygienic premises and procedures.
Environmental Health Officers from the council assess skin penetration premises to ensure compliance with the legislation that such are operated safely and hygienically.
For further information, visit the Department of Health website.