Skin penetration

The practice of skin penetration for decorative, health or cosmetic purposes has existed in various forms throughout history. Skin penetration involves any process, whether intentionally or otherwise, that involves the shaving, piercing, cutting, puncturing, and/or tearing of the skin or mucous membrane. Such practices may include body piercing, tattooing, acupuncture, colonic irrigation, electrolysis, lancing, waxing and nail manicures and pedicures.

Skin penetration is an invasive procedure with potential health risks. If correct precautions are not taken, blood-borne viruses such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and a range of bacterial infections can be transmitted to operators or clients through contaminated equipment or unhygienic premises and procedures.

Environmental Health Officers from the council assess all skin penetration premises on a regular basis to ensure compliance with the South Australian Public Health Act, 2011 and to ensure that they are operated safely and hygienically.