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49 Pa. Code § 3.86. Maintenance and sanitation.

§ 3.86. Maintenance and sanitation.

 (a)  Every barber school shall be well lighted, well ventilated, 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 barber school shall be provided with adequate lavatories, readily accessible and kept in a sanitary condition.

 (b)  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 the term is 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 instruments shall be stored upright with the points down.

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

 (d)  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.

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

 (f)  The use of finger bowls, powder puffs, styptic pencils or sponges in barber schools is prohibited. A student may not keep any of them on or about a workstand. Only powdered or liquid astringents applied in each case on a clean towel or clean piece of cotton shall be used to check bleeding.


   The provisions of this §  3.86 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 §  3.86 amended November 16, 1970, effective November 17, 1970, 1 Pa.B. 692; 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 (201660) to (201661).

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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