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Council's Environmental Health Officers undertake inspections of hairdressers and barbers, beauty therapists and tattooists to ensure these businesses meet health and hygiene standards. Businesses that carry out skin penetration procedures such as body piercing, skin needling, microdermabrasion, tattooing and waxing must follow strict infection control procedures to minimise the transmission of disease, such as skin infections, HIV and Hepatitis B and C.
Council regulates hairdressers and barbers under the Local Government Act 1993 and skin penetration premises under the Public Health Act 2010. Skin penetration premises must also meet the requirements of the Public Health Regulation 2012, associated Australian Standards and NSW Health guidelines.
Council conducts a minimum of one inspection per annum of all beauty therapists, hairdressers/barbers and tattooists operating within Canterbury-Bankstown to ensure compliance with public health requirements. A fee is charged for this inspection in accordance with Council's fees and charges schedule.
Whilst carrying out inspections, Council's Environmental Health Officers focus on a wide range of issues including:
Council has an educational and regulatory role in enforcing public health legislation. Council's Environmental Health Officers have a number of options when dealing with breaches of public health legislation including verbal warnings, closure of the business or issuing penalty infringement notices (on-the-spot fines).
All beauty therapists, hairdressers, barbers and tattooists operating within the Canterbury-Bankstown LGA must register their details with Council. To register a new business or to notify of any changes to business details for existing registered businesses, please complete a registration form and return to Council.
NSW Health has developed a range of resources to assist hairdressers/barbers, beauticians and tattooists in maintaining public health and hygiene standards.
To further assist businesses, Council's Environmental Health Officers conducts free training courses in various languages.
For more information, contact Council's Environmental Health and Compliance Unit on 9707 9000.