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Public Health and Safety

Skin Penetration Industry

The Public Health Act 2010 and Public Health Regulation 2012 regulates body decorating and grooming practices carried out by people who are not registered as health professionals. The regulated body decorating and grooming industries include:

• acupuncture
• beauty treatments
• body, nose and ear piercing
• cosmetic enhancements
• colonic lavage
• tattooing; and
• blood cholesterol and glucose measurement  

Hairdressing and other body decorating and grooming practices which do not deliberately pierce the skin are not regulated. The regulation specifies procedures to prevent disease transmission, requires operators to be registered with the local council and empowers environmental health officers to carry out inspections.  

Public health legislation and resources (factsheets, posters, audit tool, and notification form) have been prepared by the NSW Health to assist skin penetration practitioners and regulatory agencies protect public health.

 

 

Swimming Pools and Spa Pools (Public)

The Public Health Act 2010 and Public Health Regulation 2012 controls the public health risk associated with public swimming and spa pools.

The Public Swimming Pool and Spa Pool Advisory Document complements and gives an overview of the public health legislation related to public pools and spas. The advisory document explains the diseases which can be transmitted in a pool environment and provides a bacteriological criterion to determine pool safety. Following on is an explanation of the use of chlorine or bromine dosing levels and monitoring to achieve effective disinfection and good water quality. Also, design, construction and amenities are considered so that pool management is enhanced. A risk management approach is explained to manage pools, particularly to control Crytosporidium outbreaks which are resistant to disinfection.

For further information please visit the NSW Health website for further in-depth information and guidelines.

Body Decorating and Grooming Practice

Skin Penetration Industry

The Public Health Act 2010 and Public Health Regulation 2012 regulates body decorating and grooming practices carried out by people who are not registered as health professionals. The regulated body decorating and grooming industries include:

  • acupuncture
  • beauty treatments
  • body, nose and ear piercing
  • cosmetic enhancements
  • colonic lavage
  • tattooing; and
  • blood cholesterol and glucose measurement

Hairdressing and other body decorating and grooming practices which do not deliberately pierce the skin are not regulated. The regulation specifies procedures to prevent disease transmission, requires operators to be registered with the local council and empowers environmental health officers to carry out inspections.

Public health legislation and resources (factsheets, posters, audit tool, and notification form) have been prepared by NSW Health to assist skin penetration practitioners and regulatory agencies protect public health.

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