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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Council keeps a close eye on beauty sector

Staff from Denbighshire County Council are highlighting the work being carried out to regulate and monitor businesses involved in the beauty sector.

Environmental Health Officers in the Planning and Public Protection Department carry out regular inspections of sunbed parlours, beauty parlours and tattoo salons to make sure that they are safe and also that there are no risks to the health of customers.

The council also registers operators that want to get involved in tattooing, cosmetic piercing, semi-permanent tattoo, electrolysis and acupuncture.

Essentially, the council licences them after they can prove their premises is suitable and they are competent people to offer the treatment.

The council says it would always advise the public to:

· Check and ask to see whether the business is registered with the council to carry out the treatment. The business should be able to show you a certificate issued by Denbighshire County Council. You can also check with the Food and Health & Safety Team to see whether they are registered.

· Never use a non-registered operator. This increases the risk of potentially serious health problems following the treatment for example skin infections, Hepatitis B & C and HIV if the sterilisation procedures are not good enough. Avoid going to someone who has bought a tattooing kit over the internet and has never had any training to make sure it is done safely.

· Let the council know if people are carrying out unregistered treatments at home, so that we can investigate the issue and possibly avoid people being harmed or becoming ill.

· Make sure you get good advice from businesses before and after your treatment, including how to minimise the risk of a skin infection.

Councillor David Smith, Cabinet Lead Member with responsibility for Public Protection, said: "Businesses are advised to contact the Council for advice and to register. There are new byelaws in place to regulate the industry and the Council are inspecting businesses, following-up complaints and taking action if there are serious risks identified.

"The use of sun beds is always in the news and officers carry out regular inspections and secret shopper visits to ensure that the business is supervised by a trained person, that health advice is provided to members of the public and that no-one under 18 years of age receives any treatment.

"More secret shopper visits are planned over the next year and enforcement will be taken against salons that do not meet the standards.”

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