(6) Barber and beauty shop operators should keep themselves and their
clothing clean and should wear clean washable outer garments while attending patrons.
Before servicing each patron, the attendant or employee must wash his hands
thoroughly with soap and water.
b. Patrons. The patron is a constant source of disease. He can infect the
barber or beautician directly or infect other customers indirectly via the barber's or
(1) No person should be served in the barber or beauty shop when the skin
of the face, neck, or scalp is inflamed, contains pus, or is erupted. Before receiving
service, the person must submit a signed statement from a medical officer that the
condition or eruption is not contagious. If a person with such a skin condition requests
service at a beauty or barbershop without the required statement, the person should be
directed to the nearest medical treatment facility.
(2) Persons with lice or any other arthropod infestation should not be
serviced at barber or beauty shops. These individuals should be directed to a medical
c. Animals. Pets, such as dogs or cats, may be a source of infection or may
carry parasites (fleas, mites, or ticks) that transmit disease. Whether property of the
employees or customers, these animals are health hazards and should not be allowed
in barber or beauty shops at any time.
d. Equipment. Barber and beauty shops should contain the following
(1) A minimum of one lavatory with hot and cold running potable water for
each two chairs. The lavatory should be located conveniently to both chairs. The
inspector should be particularly observant for back siphonage and cross-connections in
(2) Closed cabinets are required for storing supplies, clean linens, and other
(3) Separate storage space should be available for custodial equipment and
supplies. A sufficient amount of these supplies should be available to meet the needs
of the shop. It is unrealistic to assume that a particular shop is performing required
cleaning procedures when necessary equipment or supplies are unavailable in the
(4) Separate covered metal containers should be available for soiled linens
and waste paper. These containers serve to confine germs and keep them out of the