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RULE §83.102Health and Safety Standards--General Requirements

(a) All practitioners must clean their hands with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer prior to performing any services and as necessary during the service to ensure a client health and safety. All establishments, schools, and practitioners must utilize clean and disinfected equipment, tools, implements, and supplies in accordance with this chapter, and must employ good hygiene habits while providing barbering or cosmetology services.

(b) A practitioner may not perform services on a client if the practitioner has reason to believe the client has a contagious condition such as head lice, nits, ringworm, conjunctivitis; or inflamed, infected, broken, raised or swollen skin or nail tissue; or an open wound or sore in the area to be serviced.

(c) Multi-use equipment, implements, tools or materials not addressed in this chapter must be cleaned and disinfected before use on each client. Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, chairs and dryers do not need to be disinfected prior to use for each client.

(d) Single-use equipment, implements, tools or porous items not addressed in this rule must be discarded after use on a single client.

(e) Electrical equipment that cannot be immersed in liquid must be wiped clean and disinfected prior to each use on a client.

(f) All clean and disinfected implements and materials when not in use must be stored in a clean, dry, debris-free environment including but not limited to drawers, cases, tool belts, rolling trays, or hung from hooks. They must be stored separate from soiled implements and materials. Ultraviolet electrical sanitizers are permissible for use as a dry storage container. Supplies not related to barbering or cosmetology must be stored in separate drawers or locations.

(g) Shampoo bowls and manicure tables must be disinfected prior to use for each client.

(h) A container, large enough to fully immerse all tools and implements with liquid disinfectant must be used to disinfect combs, brushes, scissors or other equipment which may be safely immersed in a liquid disinfectant.

(i) Floors in establishments and schools must be thoroughly cleaned each day. Hair cuttings must be removed as soon as practicable.

(j) All trash containers must be emptied daily and kept clean by washing or using plastic liners.

(k) Hand washing facilities, including hot and cold running water must be provided for employees.

(l) Clean towels must be used on each client. Towels must be washed in hot water and chlorine bleach.

(m) Soiled towels must be removed after use on each client and deposited in a suitable receptacle.

(n) Each establishment and school must keep all products used in the conduct of their business properly labeled in compliance with OSHA requirements.

(o) Hair cutting and shampoo capes must be kept clean. A clean (one-use) cape must be used for each client or a sanitary neck strip or towel must be used to keep the capes from coming into direct contact with the client's neck.

Source Note: The provisions of this §83.102 adopted to be effective March 1, 2006, 31 TexReg 1280; amended to be effective August 1, 2006, 31 TexReg 5952; amended to be effective February 17, 2012, 37 TexReg 681; amended to be effective January 15, 2018, 43 TexReg 81; amended to be effective January 1, 2023, 47 TexReg 8640

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