ALABAMA BOARD OF COSMETOLOGY
250-X-3-.05 General Sanitation And Safe Products.
(1) Any act of cosmetology services shall not be conducted at any
location, which does not comply with health, safety, and sanitation
requirements for salon/school operation set forth in these rules.
Compliance with these rules does not infer compliance with other
requirements set forth by federal, state, and local laws, codes,
ordinances, and regulations as each applies to business operation,
physical construction and maintenance, safety, and public health.
(2) All licensees shall practice in a manner which emphasizes the
safe provision of services to all persons.
(3) Licensees shall not attempt to perform any service outside the
scope of practice of the license type he or she holds. Possession
or storage of equipment, supplies, and products required to perform
any act of cosmetology shall be prima facie evidence of use.
(4) Licensees shall not use any product or supplies which have been
banned from use by the United States Food and Drug Administration
or other local, state, or federal governmental agency responsible
for making such determinations. Licensees shall also not use any
product deemed to be a poisonous or unsafe product with restricted
use, which does not include use for acts of cosmetology, by the
United States Food and Drug Administration or other local, state,
or federal governmental agency responsible for making such determinations.
(5) Licensees shall not perform services on any person or the skin,
scalp or nail where inflamed, broken, abraded, cut or where a skin
infection or erosion is present.
Author: David B. Starnes
Statutory Authority: Code of Ala. 1975, §34-7A-1.
History: Filed September 24, 1982. New Rule: Filed April 20, 2001;
effective May 25, 2001. Amended: Filed July 1, 2002; effective August
5, 2002. Repealed (See Ed. Note): Filed July 1, 2002; effective
August 5, 2002.
Ed. Note: Rule 250-X-3-.05-.01, General Sanitation And Safe Products,
was renumbered 250-X-3-.05 after the original 250-X-3-.05, Shop
Licenses Not Transferable was repealed as per certification filed
July 1, 2002; effective August 5, 2002.
Each salon shall comply with the following:
1. Storage of tools, implements, and supplies: All tools and implements
shall be safely stored. Pre-sanitized tools, implements, linens,
and equipment shall be stored in a sanitary enclosed cabinet or
covered container. Soiled tools, linens, and implements shall be
deposited in a closed receptacle in a receptacle separate from those
that are clean or pre-sanitized.
2. Containers/Dispensers: Salons must use containers for lotions
and other preparations of such type as will prevent contamination
of the unused portion. All creams shall be removed from containers
3. The use of a brush, comb, or other article on more than one patron
without being disinfected is prohibited. Each salon is required
to have sufficient combs, brushes and implements to allow for adequate
disinfecting practices. Combs or other instruments shall not be
carried in pockets.
4. All salons shall be equipped with and utilize wet sanitizers,
with hospital level disinfectant or EPA approved disinfectant, sufficient
to allow for disinfecting practices.
5. A wet sanitizer is any receptacle containing an approved disinfecting
solution and large enough to allow for a complete immersion of the
articles. A cover shall be provided.
6. Spatulas or other clean tools shall be used to remove bulk substances
from containers. Products prepared for a single service from bulk
supplies that were not used during the service and were contaminated
during preparation or application shall be discarded.
7. Any article, tool, or product, that cannot be cleaned, is prohibited
and shall be used is discarded after its initial use.
8. A first-aid kit shall be kept and maintained in all salons. Styptic
pencils are prohibited.
9. A sanitary towel or neck strip shall be placed around the patron’s
neck to avoid direct contact of the shampoo cape with a patron’s
10. Chemical storage and use: Chemicals used to provide services
to clients or chemical cleaning, sanitizing, and sterilizing products,
shall be stored in a manner that maintains public safety and health.
Registered owners of a place of business and licensees shall adhere
to product manufacturer’s directions for use and storage of a product.
In the absence of manufacturers’ instructions regarding proper storage,
flammable chemicals shall be stored in a flammable storage cabinet
or properly ventilated room. Chemicals, which could interact in
a hazardous manner (oxidizer, catalysts, and solvents), shall be
segregated in storage. Chemicals used to provide services shall
be mixed in an area which has adequate ventilation and NOT with
twenty-five (25) feet of an open flame or an electrical device.
Chemically saturated towels and waste shall be removed from the
work and storage area and placed in covered containers. Written
material safety data sheet (MSDS) relative to product content, hazard
standards and first aid/medical treatment for those products use
of which can endanger the public shall be secured and provided upon
11. Waste disposal: Single-use articles and disposable supplies
and products shall be disposed of immediately after use in a covered
receptacle. Any disposable material coming in contact with blood
or other body fluid shall be disposed of in a sealed plastic bag.
(e) For purposes of this rule, a "hospital level disinfectant
or EPA approved disinfectant" shall mean the following:
1. For all combs, brushes, metal implements, instruments with a
cutting edge, and implements that have not come into contact with
blood or fluids, a disinfectant that indicates on its label that
it has been registered with the Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) as a hospital grade, bactericide, virucidal and fungicidal
disinfectant that is mixed and used according to the manufacturer’s
directions; Then stored in a clean dry covered container.
2. For all combs, brushes, metal implements with a cutting edge,
and implements that have come into contact with blood or body fluids,
a disinfectant that indicates on its label that it has been registered
with the EPA as a hospital grade, tuberculocidal disinfectant that
is mixed and used according to the manufacturer’s directions.