Hand wash basins in Beauty businesses

Hand wash basins are required in Beauty businesses to ensure safety of staff and of customers.

A hand basin with hot and cold running water supplied through a single outlet with appropriate splash backs should be installed in the procedure room/cubicle.

If this is not achievable, it must be located where it is easily accessible for use by all staff.

The basin must also be supplied with soap and single use paper towels. Hand towels are not acceptable as they have the potential to grow and spread bacteria once used and reused.

Where skin penetration procedures are performed (tattooing, piercing, microblading) the hand basin should be hands free and please note elbow operated taps are not desirable.

In establishments where only hairdressing takes place, a hair washing basin with hot and cold running water supplied through a single outlet can also be used for washing hands, provided this is sufficient for the number of staff.

For further information on these requirements refer to the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008.






Page last updated: Tuesday, 28 May 2019

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