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Skin penetration is defined as "a procedure where the skin is cut, punctured, torn or shaved or the mucus membrane is cut, punctured or torn".

The following Department of Health fact sheets provide more information on skin penetration:

A person must be 18 years old to legally be tattooed. There is no minimum age for body or ear piercing, however it is recommended that a minimum age of 16 years old, with parent or guardian permission, is adhered to.

 

Acrylic Nails – Use of Methyl Methacrylate ('MMA')

See the Department of Health's Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) Use of MMA in Nail Products guide for information regarding this subject.

 

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a form of skin penetration and premises must comply with the Health (Skin Penetration) Regulations 1998. Any acupuncture centre will require both planning and health approvals. Contact Planning Services on (08) 9071 0676 as a starting point.

 

Beauty Therapy

The beauty therapy industry is not heavily regulated, however it is still the responsibility of owners to ensure that premises are maintained in a hygienic condition. This includes proper cleaning and disinfection of equipment in between clients and using disposable 'single use' items to prevent infection.

Wax can only be reused if the temperature of the wax is reheated to above 130°C for a minimum of 20 minutes. Beauty therapy premises must have a thermometer available to ensure this is adhered to.

 

Body & Ear Piercing

Body and ear piercing is a form of skin penetration and all premises must comply with the Health (Skin Penetration) Regulations 1998.

If you want to conduct body or ear piercing you must have first obtained written planning approval. Contact Planning Services on (08) 9071 0676 or email shire@esperance.wa.gov.au for additional information.

See the Department of Health's Use of Ear Piercing / Nose Piercing Guns guide for additional information regarding this subject.

 

Hairdressing

Hairdressing premises are governed by the Hairdressing Establishments Regulations 1972.

All hairdressing establishments must have written planning approval prior to the commencement of operations. Contact Planning Services on (08) 9071 0676 or email shire@esperance.wa.gov.au for additional information.

Please note that 'cut throat' razors are only permitted to be used with an interchangeable single use blade. See the Department of Health's Use of Cut Throat Razors in the Hairdressing Industry guide for more information regarding this subject.

 

Tattooing

Tattooing is a form of skin penetration and all premises must comply with the Health (Skin Penetration) Regulations 1998. If you want to conduct tattooing you must have first obtained written planning approval. Contact Planning Services on (08) 9071 0676 or email shire@esperance.wa.gov.au for additional information.

See the Department of Health's Henna Tattooing guide for more information regarding this subject.

For additional information or assistance contact Environmental Health Services on (08) 9071 0676, email shire@esperance.wa.gov.au or call into the Shire Administration Centre on Windich Street.