S.C. Code Regs. 17-50 - Sanitary Rules Governing Barbers, Barbershops, Mobile Barbershops, and Barber Colleges

A mobile barbershop must comply with all sanitary rules set out below. For the purposes of this regulation, the term "barbershop" is inclusive of any location or place subject to registration or licensing by the Board, including, but not limited to a barbershop, a mobile barbershop, or a barber school or college.

1. Inspection.

All barbershops shall be open for inspection at all times during business hours to any members of the Board of Barber Examiners, or its agents or assistants.

2. Proper quarters.

No barbershop shall be used as a dormitory, sleeping or living quarters or for the preparation of meals.

3. Barbershops.

Every barbershop shall be well-lighted, well-ventilated, and kept in a clean, orderly and sanitary condition.

4. Fixture conditions.

Workstands or cabinets, towels and tools, and fixtures of all barbershops must be kept clean and sanitary at all times.

5. Water.

Barbershops shall provide a supply of hot and cold running water located at a convenient point within each barbershop under pressure in such quantities as may be necessary to provide the service and conduct the shop in a safe and sanitary manner.

6. Mobile barbershops must immediately cease operation when (1) wastewater storage capacity has been reached; (2) the toilet or sink are non-functioning; or (3) the mobile shop no longer has an adequate supply of clean hot and cold running water, or adequate wastewater capacity for safely completing all barbering services. Maintaining an adequate water supply is of particular importance if the shop is providing chemical services.
7. Styptic pencil and alum, first aid kit.

No person serving as a barber shall, to stop the flow of blood, use alum or other material unless the same be used in liquid or powder form. The use of common styptic pencil or lump alum shall not be permitted for any purpose. Each barbershop shall have a fully-stocked first aid kit.

8. Instruments.

All equipment used in connection with serving a patron shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary manner. Instruments or appliances of any kind which come in contact with the body of a patron shall be, before each separate use, sterilized by immersing in a solution of at least a sixty percent alcohol solution or an EPA registered disinfectant.

9. Hair brushes, combs and neck dusters.

Hair brushes, combs, and neck dusters, shall be kept clean and sanitary at all times.

10. Mugs and brushes.

All shaving cups and lather brushes must be kept clean and sanitary at all times.

11. Headrest.

The headrest of every barber chair shall be protected with fresh, clean paper or clean laundered towel before its use for any person.

12. Towels.

A clean, freshly laundered towel shall be used for each patron. This applies to every kind of towel-dry towel, steam towel, or washcloth. All towels that are used on a patron must be discarded until laundered. Used towels shall not be replaced in a sterilizer or rinsed or washed in the barbershop. All wet towels must be removed from the work stand or lavatory after serving each patron.

13. Haircloths.

Whenever a haircloth is used in cutting the hair, shampooing, etc., a newly laundered towel or paper neck strip shall be placed around the neck so as to prevent the haircloth from touching the skin.

14. Bathrooms and toilets.

Bathrooms and toilets must be kept in a clean and sanitary manner at all times.

15. Hand hygiene.

Every person serving as a barber shall thoroughly cleanse his or her hands immediately before serving each customer.

16. Barber appearance.

Each person working as a barber shall be clean, both as to person and dress.

17. Treating disease.

No barber or other person in charge of any barber shall undertake to treat any disease of the skin.

18. Shaving diseased faces.

No barber shall shave any person when the surface to be shaved is inflamed or broken out, or contains pus, unless such person is provided with a cup, shaving brush and razor for his individual use. Alternatively, any implements or items used must be immediately and thoroughly cleaned, sanitized and disinfected.

19. Animals in shops.

No animals shall be allowed in a barbershop other than a service animal.

20. Rules posted.

The owner, operator, or manager of any barbershop shall post a copy of these rules and regulations in a conspicuous place within the premises.

Any violation of these rules will be prosecuted according to law.

21. When an application is made to the South Carolina State Board of Barber Examiners for a license or registration to operate and maintain a new barbershop, new mobile barbershop, or new barber school or college, the Board, or its agents, shall, before the license or registration is issued, inspect the premises, building, mobile unit, equipment, and other conditions surrounding the same to ascertain and determine if the premises, building, mobile unit, and equipment complies with the sanitary rules and regulations appertaining thereto, duly promulgated and adopted by the Board.
22. Barbershops will be periodically inspected and graded, in accordance with compliance of the Sanitary Rules and Regulations. Inspection reports denoting grade, A-90-100, B-80-89, C-70-79 and D- unsatisfactory will be posted in a conspicuous place on the premises. These grades are determined by the Inspector, based upon inspection findings. Shops making low and unsatisfactory grades will be given thirty days for compliance.


S.C. Code Regs. 17-50
Replaced and amended by State Register Volume 46, Issue No. 05, eff. 5/27/2022.

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