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49 Pa. Code § 3.55. Maintenance and sanitation.

§ 3.55. Maintenance and sanitation.

 (a)  Every barbershop shall be well lighted, well ventilated and kept in a clean, orderly and sanitary condition. Waste containers shall be thoroughly cleaned at least once every 24 hours. The floor in the work area shall consist of hardwood, linoleum or other hard surfaces and shall be maintained in good repair. Every barbershop shall be provided with adequate lavatories, readily accessible and kept in a sanitary condition.

 (b)  Running water, hot and cold, shall be provided at a convenient point within each barbershop.

 (c)  Equipment and implements that come into contact with a patron’s skin, scalp or hair shall be subject to the following procedure following each patron use:

   (1)  Step 1: Cleanse. The objects shall be cleansed as the term is defined in §  3.1 (relating to definitions).

   (2)  Step 2: Disinfect. The cleansed objects shall be disinfected as defined in §  3.1.

   (3)  Step 3: Rinse and dry. The cleansed and disinfected objects shall be rinsed with clean water and dried with a clean towel.

   (4)  Step 4: Store. The cleansed, disinfected, rinsed and dried objects shall be stored in a clean, dry and closed container clearly marked as such. Sharp implements shall be stored upright with the points down.

 (d)  Only cleansed, disinfected and rinsed equipment and implements properly stored shall be used on patrons.

 (e)  Equipment and implements which have been dropped onto the floor or any other unclean surface shall be subjected to the four-step cleanse/disinfect/rinse and dry/store procedure prior to any patron use.

 (f)  Every barbershop shall use only freshly laundered and sanitized towels, kept in a closed dustproof container, for each patron. The headrest of the barber chair shall be covered with a freshly laundered towel or fresh paper for each patron. In cutting the hair of a person, a newly laundered towel or fresh paper shall be placed about the neck to prevent the hair cloth from touching the skin. Towels used on each patron shall be discarded in a receptacle, and towels may not be left lying on a workbench or washbowl.

 (g)  Every person serving as a barber or student shall thoroughly cleanse his hands immediately before serving each customer.

 (h)  Persons employed in a barbershop shall be clean, both as to person and dress.

 (i)  The use of finger bowls, powder puffs, styptic pencils or sponges in a barbershop is prohibited. A barber may not keep these items on or about a workstand. Nothing but powdered or liquid astringents applied in each case on a clean towel or clean piece of cotton may be used to check bleeding.

 (j)  A barber may not undertake to treat disease of the skin, but shall advise consultation with a physician.

 (k)  Products shall be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

 (l)  The Board will, in cooperation with the Department of Health, or other State or Federal agencies of comparable experience in matters of public health, prohibit the use of a substance or device in performing barbering services when the use may expose the public to unnecessary health hazards. Notice of this prohibition shall be transmitted to licensees in accordance with section 10 of the act (63 P. S. §  560).


   The provisions of this §  3.55 amended under section 15-A.4(b) of the act of June 19, 1931 (P. L. 589, No. 202) (63 P. S. §  566.4(b)).


   The provisions of this §  3.55 amended November 16, 1970; amended January 24, 1992, effective January 25, 1992, 22 Pa.B. 347; amended November 22, 2002, effective November 23, 2002, 32 Pa.B. 5751. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (201652) to (201653).

Cross References

   This section cited in 49 Pa. Code §  43b.4 (relating to schedule of civil penalties—barbers and barber shops).

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