Beauty therapy and tattooing bylaw under review

New Plymouth District Council's planning committee meets on Tuesday.
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New Plymouth District Council's planning committee meets on Tuesday.

A dog in a beauty salon, personal hygiene issues and an ear piercing infection are some of the complaints received under a beauty therapy, tattoo and body piercing bylaw that is up for review. 

The Beauty Therapy, Tattooing and Skin Piercing Bylaw came into force in 2010 and the New Plymouth District Council will look at whether it should be renewed or revoked at the planning Committee meeting on Tuesday night.

It's purpose was to protect, promote and maintain public health and safety and to prescribe certain rules for people involved in beauty therapy, tattooing and skin piercing, which are risky activities that can affect public health if unsafe practices are used, a report to the committee said.

Since 2013 there have been about 10 complaints to the council, including personal hygiene issues, such as not washing hands and not disinfecting equipment,  a dog in a beauty salon, henna tattooing and an ear piercing infection.

Some of the complaints relate to mobile operators at events, the number of which has increased significantly and needs to be looked at during the review, the report said.

There are 76 registered premises under the current bylaw, 68 beauty salons, 4 skin piercers and tattoo parlours. A pharmacy is exempt in relation to piercing ears.

The bylaw covers beauty therapy procedures, record keeping, conduct of the operator, preparation of the skin, tattooing, sterilisation of equipment and disposal of waste. 

 - Stuff

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