Infection Protection


Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is thought to be transmitted by skin-to-skin contact and is often spread from the hands to the nose or other open membranes. It may be transmitted in the salon setting if licensees do not follow required health, safety and infection control standards. Simple precautions such as washing your hands before you begin to service your client can help prevent such infections from occurring.

More information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

CDC Handwashing Video

Fight Germs. Wash your Hands

Fungal & Viral Infections

Fungal and viral infections are potentially transmittable but also preventable. See Infection Protection in the Salon

Health Hazards in Nail Salons

Health Conditions

Clients with pre-existing health conditions should exercise care when receiving services in any salon. Compromised immune systems make easy targets for infection.

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C virus is a virus that can cause liver disease.  The Hepatitis C virus can be spread by the sharing of needles.  California Code of Regulation §991 does not allow Board licensees to use needles (except electrology needles/wire filaments) within their scope of practice.

New Hepatitis C Infections Nearly Tripled over Five Years

Hepatitis C - CDC

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