Key messages

  • There is a low risk of transmitting an infection at a hairdressing business.
  • Hairdressing businesses still need to take precautions to reduce the risk of infection.
  • If a hairdressing clinic also performs other personal care or body art procedures, it should follow the guidelines for those industries as well.

Hairdressing businesses need to follow infection prevention and control guidelines. If you work at this type of business, you should download and be familiar with the entire guidelines.

Infection can occur during some hairdressing procedures. Items such as razors, scissors, combs, clippers and hairpins can accidentally penetrate the skin.

Blood and body fluids do not have to be visible on instruments, equipment or working surfaces for infection to be transmitted. Both clients and operators are at risk.

The main risks include:

  • bacterial skin infections, such as impetigo
  • fungal skin infections, such as tinea and ringworm
  • viral blood-borne infections, such as hepatitis B and C, and HIV.

Workers should ask clients to point to specific moles or prominent lesions, so that appropriate care can be taken to avoid cutting the client.

If hairdressing premises perform other personal care and body art procedures, including those involving skin penetration, then the operators should follow the relevant sections in the appropriate industry-specific guidelines.

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