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Public Health

Hair and Beauty

Council’s Environmental Health Officer inspects hair and beauty premises to ensure that they comply with the Local Government Act 1993 and the Public Health Act 1991. These premises are required to be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition and suitably constructed to ensure hygienic conditions.

NSW Health publishes a wide range of materials that are available to the community: NSW Health Publications .

Those relating to Hair & Beauty encompass preventing disease transmission and include:

  • Hepatitis B – this disease may be transferred through activities where body fluids or blood are involved.
  • Skin Penetration Guidelines – best practice guidelines which may be applied to hair salons, beauty salons and tattooists. The guidelines cover operator hygiene, skin preparation, clothing, cleaning, disinfection, sterilisation and waste disposal.

The Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care also provides useful health information.

Tobacco Control

Premises that sell tobacco must comply with the Public Health Act 1991 and the Public Health (Tobacco Regulation) 1999. This legislation specifically prohibits certain types of advertising and restricts the way that tobacco products can be displayed.

Retailers of tobacco products that require information on these advertising laws should refer to NSW Health .

Under section 59 of the Public Health Act 1991 it is an offence for a person to sell a tobacco product to a person under the age of 18 years. Penalties apply.

Council’s Environmental Health Officer inspects premises that sell tobacco products.

Council also participates in the PROOF program which is coordinated by NSW Health. The program is designed to reduce sales to minors by undertaking compliance checks of tobacco retailers throughout the year.

NSW Department of Health coordinates a program which assists people to quit smoking. More information may be obtained from Quit Now .

Outdoor dining smoking laws

Commercial outdoor dining areas will be smoke-free from 6 July 2015. This means:
  • All forms of smoking will be banned in any seated outdoor dining area of a restaurant, café or licensed venue while food is being served
  • Within 4 metres of a seated dining area on licensed premises or at a restaurant
  • Within 10 metres of a place at a food fair where food is sold or supplied for consumption
  • Individuals will be fined $300 if this law is broken
  • Business will be fined $5,500 if this law is broken

NSW Health will be enforcing this ban. For more information see the fact sheet or visit the NSW Health website. To report a breech please call NSW Health on 1800 357 412.