Legal Requirements for Laser Hair Removal Practitioners


Getting rid of unwanted hair has long been a problem for people in the UK. And to meet the demand for dealing with the problem, many more practitioners have started offering hair removal treatments, including effective treatment with lasers. Laser hair removal is a good way to permanently remove hair as it is quick and effective. But the procedure is not without its risks. In order to make sure that you are getting the best and safest hair removal treatment for your money, look for the existence of the following factors when selecting a salon or beauty parlour. This is what a person offering laser hair removal must legally abide by in order to offer the service.

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Care Quality Commission

In order to provide a service offering laser hair removal, when the practitioner is not the NHS, the service must be monitored and registered by the Care Quality Commission. This means that there is a license that must be applied for before a practitioner can use laser hair removal equipment on clients, both in the salon or in the person’s home. The person carrying out the treatment must also have a minimum of a qualification of NVQ 3, or the equivalent.

Regulations for Business Premises

The place where the laser hair removal procedure takes place must also be regulated under certain conditions. There are a number of requirements, including that the use of the laser must be kept to one room only, and that the room must be properly lit and ventilated, and that the couch should have moveable sections and any substances that are considered hazardous must be handled under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH).

Consideration of the Client

The laser hair removal specialist should keep the details of every client they treat. They should also make sure they complete a pre-treatment questionnaire which details any prior medical history and any issues that may affect the success of the treatment.

In addition, the premises should be insured and the business should have public liability insurance, plus professional indemnity insurance. It is important that all laser hair removal treatments are carried out under the consideration of these regulations, since the improper use of laser equipment can result in laser hair removal scars, burns, and other injuries that can cause serious damage to a person’s life. If in doubt, consult a specialist beauty claims injury lawyer who will be able to advise you on the current legal requirements for this type of treatment, and what you can do if you are injured as part of a treatment.