Blue Mountains City Council



Skin Penetration Industry

The following information and fact sheets are intended for operators and staff of those premises on which body decorating and grooming practices are 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 Public Health Regulation specifies procedures to prevent disease transmission, requires operators to be registered with Council and authorises environmental health officers to carry out inspections.
For details on specific requirements please refer to the fact sheets, the information in these publications was correct at the time of publishing.
Where to go for further Information
Public Health Act 2010 - Skin Penetration Procedures - Extract
Public Health Regulation 2012 - Extract
Chief Health officers Advisory Note – Tattoo Ink Safety
CHO Advisory Note - Tattoo Ink Safety
NSW health Infection Control DVD
Infection Control DVD (Link to NSW Health YouTube site).
Or contact Council’s Health and Compliance Team (02) 4780 5000


Fact Sheets

Beauty treatment - hygiene standards
Body piercing - hygiene requirements
Cleaning and Disinfection of Foot Spas
Colonic lavage (or colonic irrigation) - hygiene standards
Hairdressing and barbers - hygiene standards
How to sterilise your instruments
Nail treatment (manicures and pedicures) - hygiene standards
Tattooing and other body art - hygiene standards
Waxing - hygiene standards


Steps to Sterilisation
Steps to Cleaning and Sterilising Instruments

Inspection Report

2010 skin penetration inspection report

Business Notification Form

SP Notification form