Release of the updated guidelines

The Health guidelines for personal care and body art industries were first published in 2004. They have now been replaced with the new Infection prevention and control guidelines for hair, beauty, tattooing and skin penetration industries which were released in May 2019.

The new guidelines are intended to assist those involved in the hair, beauty, tattooing and skin penetration industries to comply with the Public Health and Wellbeing Act (2008) and Regulations (2009). The guidelines provide information about the relevant regulations and legislation registered premises must comply with, general infection prevention and control principles, specific procedure requirements and some occupational health and safety information. Further information about the new guidelines is provided in the letter from the Acting Deputy Chief Health Officer (Communicable Disease) and the 'Summary of key changes' document below.

In updating the guidelines, feedback was sought from industry professionals. We would like to thank those who contributed to this work and also those who contributed to the previous guidelines.

The guidelines will no longer be available as a hardcopy but can be downloaded from the Department of Health and Human Services website below. This will enable the guidelines to be updated more easily in the future, particularly as newer technologies or practices arise and as the Act or Regulations are changed.

Please feel free to distribute the guidelines among your colleagues and throughout your networks.