The Public Health Act 2010 and Public Health Regulation 2012 regulates body decorating and grooming practices, which penetrate the skin, and are carried out by people who are not registered as health professionals. The regulation specifies procedures to prevent disease transmission, requires operators to be registered with their local council and empowers environmental health officers to carry out inspections.
The regulated body decorating and grooming industries include:
- Beauty treatments
- Body, nose and ear piercing
- Cosmetic enhancements
- Colonic lavage
- Blood cholesterol and glucose measurement
Hairdressing and other body decorating and grooming practices, which do not deliberately pierce the skin are not regulated.
Yass Valley Council's Environmental Health Officers conduct annual inspections of skin penetration premises which ensure that procedures that penetrate the skin are undertaken in a safe and hygienic manner.
In this regard, it is therefore a requirement for skin penetration operators to notify Council. This can be done by completing Form 20 - Application for Skin Penetration Activity and submitting it to Council, accompanied by the prescribed fee.
The NSW Department of Health website contains an extensive amount of information which will assist in the understanding issues that apply to the skin penetration industry.
Skin penetration enquiries or complaints can be directed to Council’s Environmental Health Officers on 6226 1477 or firstname.lastname@example.org.