Hygienic Responsibilities

Section 160.20 of Title 19 of the NYCRR is amended as follows:

160.20 Hygienic practices.

(a) Cotton applicators may be used and must be stored in a closed container or sealed bag.

(b) A clean sheet of paper or a clean towel not previously used for any purpose shall be placed on the table or headrest before any client reclines on a table or chair.

(c) Cloth towels may be used once then bagged, machine washed and dried.

(d)A paper strip or clean towel shall be placed completely around the neck of each client before an apron or any other protective device is fastened around the neck.

(e) All practitioners and nail care clients must wash hands with soap and water before each client service.

(f) All sharp or pointed equipment shall be stored when not in use so as not to be accessible to consumers.

(g) All fluids, semifluids and powders must be dispensed with a shaker, dispenser pump or spray type container. All creams, lotions and other cosmetics used for clients must be kept in closed containers and dispensed with disposable applicators. When only a portion of a preparation is to be used on a client, it shall be removed from the container in such a way as not to contaminate the remaining portion.

(h) All practitioners shall have access to and may use a properly fitted N-95 or N-100 respirator, provided by the owner and approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (“NIOSH”), in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications when buffing or filing artificial nails or using acrylic powder.

(i) All practitioners shall have access to and may wear gloves, provided by the owner, when handling potentially hazardous chemicals or waste and during cleanup, or when performing any procedure that has a risk of breaking a customer’s skin.

(j) All practitioners shall have access to and may wear eye protection, provided by the owner, when pouring or transferring potentially hazardous chemicals from bulk containers and when preparing potentially hazardous chemicals for use in nail care services.

(k) The requirements of Subdivisions (a) through (g) were in effect prior to the filing of this emergency regulation, and remain in continuous full force and effect. Subdivisions (h), (i), and (j) of this Section shall take effect on June 15, 2015.