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printable fact sheet for operators
What is the health risk?
Instruments and equipment used for waxing/hair removal may become contaminated with blood or body fluids carrying blood-borne diseases such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV or other infectious agents such as bacteria or fungi.
You do not have to see blood or body fluids on instruments for an infection to occur.
Clean and disinfect or sterilize instruments between clients.
Both the worker and the client can develop or spread an infection during waxing.
- Thoroughly wash hands before and after each client using liquid soap and warm water and use disposable paper towel.
- Ensure the area of the client's body you will be working on is free from any cuts, wounds, rash or visible infection.
- Get vaccinated. Hepatitis B vaccination is strongly recommended.
Protect your Clients
- Heated wax is not hot enough to kill harmful microorganisms.
- Single-use, disposable spatulas must be used when dispensing wax. Do not “double dip” as this can cause infections. Poster available (pdf 1 page 93KB).
- Individual cartridges used to roll wax onto the skin must be discarded after each client. The roller head must be cleaned to remove all wax and then disinfected using an intermediate level disinfectant, such as 70% isopropyl alcohol and given 10 minutes contact time, after each client.
- Waxing and sugaring products used during the hair removal process must not be reused or recycled.
- Instruments/equipment, such as tweezers, that are used to remove hair must be cleaned and then disinfected using an intermediate level disinfectant after each client.
- Tweezers should not be used to remove ingrown hairs; single use sterile needles should be used to expose ingrown hairs and then tweezers can be used to pull the hair.
- Single-use, disposable items, such as threads and cotton swatches, must be discarded after each client.
- All clean items must be stored in a clean drawer or container with a lid to prevent contamination.
Adapted from and used by permission of the Durham Region Health Department and Toronto Public Health