Bridgend County Borough Council recently introduced new procedures for the Health, Beauty and Aesthetics businesses operating within its boundaries. All practitioners offering special procedures such as ear piercing, body piercing, tattooing, microblading, semi-permanent make-up, electrolysis and accupuncture will be required to hold a premises licence and an individual practitioner's licence.
A premises licence will only be be granted if you have met the by-laws set by the local authority. Checks include premises suitability, validity of practitioner qualifications, insurance cover and waste management arrangements. Practitioners meeting these standards are issued with a Premises Registration Certificate that must be displayed at all times. Failure to display this Certificate can result in large fines for the practitioner.
Within the next 18 months there will be a Register of Approved and Accredited Practitioners.
The Level 2 Award in Infection Prevention and Control for Special Procedures Practitioners certificate is a new requirement for practitioners applying for the new licencing process with the local authority.
Recently this story has been covered on the television, social media and national press highlighting the need for regulation to protect the general public.
I am very pleased that I was part of the first group of 12 practitioners in Wales to attend this Level 2 course in December 2019.
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I am very pleased that I passed my Level 2 Infection Control course. I am 1 of 12 people that were the first in Wales to sit this course.