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Special Treatments

The Beauty Show

Special Treatments - IMPORTANT

Anyone carrying out a special treatment on their stand is required to notify the Organisers via completion of the relevant section of the Health & Safety Declaration. All guidance below must be followed in order for the appropriate licenses to be obtained from Islington Council. Anyone who does not declare their treatments in advance, will not be permitted to carry out the treatments on-site.

General Guidance

This section covers the following categories of treatments:

  • Hands-off treatments, such as Reiki
  • Non-invasive treatments, such as massage and reflexology
  • Invasive treatments such as skin piercing, tattoing, electrolysis, micro pigmentation and dermal fillers.

In all cases, the following must be provided to the Organisers by the end of July and should be emailed to

  • Proof of therapists’ insurance cover
  • Copies of therapists’ qualification certificates
  • Proof of membership of an appropriate professional body (where relevant)
  • A risk assessment covering the treatment.

All therapists giving treatments at The Beauty Show MUST also register themselves with Islington Borough Council here. A representative from the council is likely to visit the event and may check your therapist registrations.

Requirements for All Treatment

  • Treatments may be performed only by qualified therapists.
  • Treatments may only be carried out using approved, maintained equipment and methods, in accordance with the relevant industry standards, practices and manufacturer’s guidelines.
  • Adequate space must be made available on the stand surrounding the treatment area for the safety of visitors and those administering and receiving treatments.
  • Where a license has been granted for the treatment to be carried out, the conditions must be complied with and the license must be prominently displayed on the stand.

Client Safety and Treatment Records

  • Stipulated age restrictions for treatments must be adhered to.
  • Clients’ medical history must be ascertained prior to treatment.
  • Patch tests may need to be carried out to check for possible contraindications.
  • Clients shall be given written and verbal advice regarding after-care, where appropriate.
  • Clients shall signa a record card to confirm that they have been made aware of the above.
  • Exhibitors shall also ensure that adequate records are also kept of
  • The person giving the treatment.
  • The treatment given.
  • The person giving the treatment.
  • The client’s relevant medical history, any allergies or other contradictions.
  • These records must be made available to a licensing office / event organiser for inspection if requested.


  • All waste material shall be placed in a suitable, covered, leak-proof receptacle which shall be emptied at least once a day (or more frequently as necessary). The receptacle must be cleaned following emptying. Waste shall be removed from the venue in sealed plastic bags at the end of the event and disposed of in an approved manner.
  • Clinical waste (i.e. anything contaminated with human tissue) must be place in yellow refuse bags, which should be sealed when no more than one third full; it must not be disposed of in general waste containers. It should only be removed from site by a waste carrier who is registered for carrying and disposing of clinical waste.
  • Needles are treated as clinical waste and must be disposed of in a puncture and leak-proof yellow box which is clearly marked “sharps”.
  • Exhibitors demonstrating treatments that produce vapours or dust (e.g. acrylic nail treatments) must provide a suitable means of minimising exposure.


  • Adequate storage shall be provided for all equipment and items involved with the treatment.
  • Any needle or instrument which penetrates the skin or any instrument or item of equipment used to handle such a needle or instrument, shall be in a sterile condition and be kept sterile until it is used.
  • Needles must be pre-packed, pre-sterilised and only used once.


  • The exhibitor shall ensure that adequate facilities and equipment for sterilising / disinfecting equipment and surfaces are provided.
  • All surfaces onto which treatment instruments and equipment are placed must be clean, smooth and impervious. Surfaces must be disinfected after each treatment.
  • Any tables or couches used by clients shall be covered with a disposable paper sheet.
  • Therapists must wear suitable protective clothing / equipment where appropriate.
  • Disposable protective clothing or covering used in the treatment shall be clean, in good repair and for single use only.
  • Sterile, single-use instruments should be used whenever possible. Any other instrument used in connection with the treatment shall be disinfected or sterilised immediately after the treatment has been completed.
  • Any equipment store must be suitably clean and in such a place so as to avoid any risk of contamination.

Personal Hygiene

Any person carrying out treatments must ensure that:

  • Any open boil, sore, cut or open wound is kept effectively covered by an impermeable dressing.
  • Hands are kept clean and are washed immediately prior to carrying out any treatment. For non-invasive treatments only, if running water is not available, it may be acceptable to use anti-bacterial gel and disinfectant wipes.

Additional Requirements for Invasive Treatments


A dedicated wash hand basin, with a constant and adequate supply of hot and cold running water, effective drainage and sufficient electrical sockets (if required) must be provided.  Anti-bacterial hand wipes and gel are not regarded as acceptable alternatives to the provision of hand washing facilities.

Disposable, single-use gloves must be worn by therapists.


A suitable surface local anaesthetic may be applied to the treatment area using a clean, disposable applicator (e.g. sterile gauze) for each application. If ethyl chloride is used, then its hazards and limitations must be understood and extreme care must be exercised.

Any exhibitor using injected anaesthetics must provide evidence of their registration as a medical practitioner to the Organiser and / or supervising medical practitioners prior to the commencement of the event.

Tooth Procedures

Any cosmetic procedures affecting the surface of the tooth, such as filing or drilling and clinical advice about such procedures may only be provided by a GDC registered dentist. Stick-on jewellery is exempt.  Information on tooth whitening can be found on the General Dental Council’s website here

Body Piercing

Piercing of navel, lip, nose or eyebrow only shall be permitted at the venue.

Laser, IPL and LED

The MHRA “Lasers, intense light source systems and LEDs – guidance for safe use in medical, surgical, dental and aesthetic practices” must be adhered to - here

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