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Public Health Regulation 2012
Current version for 19 July 2019 to date (accessed 24 July 2019 at 17:01)
Part 4 Division 3
Division 3 Requirements for carrying out skin penetration procedures
27   Use of needles, sharps and other articles
(1)  A person who carries out a skin penetration procedure must not use a needle that has previously been used in a skin penetration procedure.
(2)  A person who uses a needle in a skin penetration procedure must dispose of the needle in the appropriate sharps container immediately after completing the procedure.
(3)  A person who uses any article in a skin penetration procedure that is manufactured for a single use only must dispose of the article immediately after completing the procedure.
(4)  A person who uses a non-reusable sharp in a skin penetration procedure must dispose of the sharp in the appropriate sharps container immediately after completing the procedure.
(5)  A person must not use an article that may penetrate the skin of a person in a skin penetration procedure unless it is clean and has been sterilised and kept in a sterile environment.
(6)  A person must not use an article in a skin penetration procedure if the article has previously been used in a skin penetration procedure but did not penetrate the skin of the person undergoing the previous procedure unless the article has been cleaned and kept in a clean condition.
(7)  In this clause, appropriate sharps container means a sharps container that complies with AS 4031–1992 Non-reusable containers for the collection of sharp medical items used in health care areas.
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.
28   Protective equipment to be worn
(1)  A person who carries out a skin penetration procedure must:
(a)  wear gloves that have never been used before, and
(b)  appropriately dispose of the gloves immediately after completing the procedure.
(2)  A person who carries out a skin penetration procedure (other than colonic lavage) must wear a clean gown or apron during the procedure.
(3)  A person who carries out colonic lavage must wear a clean gown made of impermeable material during the procedure.
(4)  This clause does not apply to a person carrying out a skin penetration procedure that involves the use of wax for the purposes of hair removal unless the person reasonably suspects that he or she will be exposed to human bodily substances during the procedure.
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.
29   Use of inks and pigments
(1)  A person who carries out a skin penetration procedure that involves the use of ink, pigment or other liquid must decant the liquid into a single use container, and use a single use applicator, for each person undergoing the procedure.
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.
(2)  This clause does not apply to skin penetration procedures involving the use of wax for the purposes of hair removal.
30   Use of wax for hair removal
A person who carries out a skin penetration procedure using wax for the purposes of hair removal must dispose of that wax, and any instrument used to apply the wax (such as a spatula), immediately after completing the procedure.
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units