Department of Labor and Regulation

Title - South Dakota Cosmetology Commission

Licensee General Information

The following handouts and brochures are in Adobe .pdf format.*

Blood Spill Procedures - Keep these instructions in your first aid kit.

Booth License Guidelines - Information and recommendations if you rent a booth within a salon.

Electric Files/Attachments - Sanitation for electric files and attachments.

Esthetics - Information on performing esthetics, including medical spa facilities.

A Licensee Guide to Nail and Pedicure Safety and Sanitation Procedures - Protect yourself and your clients.

Nail Safety and Sanitation Handout - Keep things clean and safe.

Pedicure Sanitation - Keeping clean and safe while doing pedicures or using foot spas.

Protection and Safety Review Course - This PowerPoint presentation is used by the Commission to review safety, cleaning, and disinfecting procedures with licensees. You will need to use your right arrow key to navigate through this presentation and read it for yourself.

Salon Self-Inspection Checklist - Inspect yourself and be ready when the real inspector shows up!

Scope of Practice - What your license does and does not allow.

Skin Care Equipment - Recommendations for purchasing safe skin care equipment.

Skin Care Safety and Sanitation - Information to help keep you and your clients safe and healthy.

Tax Facts #129 - Important news from the South Dakota Department of Revenue and Regulation (in Adobe .pdf format*)

Visit the South Dakota Department of Revenue website for information on business tax requirements in the state.

Blood Spill Rule

(ARSD 20:42:04:05.01(7))
(The blood spill procedure must be posted in the first aid kit.)
If a blood spill should occur, the following steps must be followed:

  1. Stop service immediately, clean injured area as necessary with an antiseptic solution and cover the wound with sterile bandage as required to prevent further blood exposure. As appropriate, cover with finger guard or disposable latex glove, or cover both hands with gloves if the wound is on the client;
  2. Double bag and dispose of all contaminated tissue, cotton, or other materials;
  3. Before continuing service disinfect all equipment, tools, and implements that have come in contact with blood, clean station with a disinfectant as necessary, and clean hands with antimicrobial cleanser; and
  4. Do not allow containers, brushes, nozzles, or liquid styptic to touch the skin or contact the wound.

Use of MMA in Nail Salons

The South Dakota Cosmetology Commission is advising consumers to beware of the possible illegal use of liquid MMA (methyl methacrylate monomers) in nail salons. Allen R. Halper of the Food and Drug Administration's Office of Cosmetics and Colors has stated the FDA considers MMA "to be a poisonous and deleterious substance" and may take regulatory action against nail products containing MMA and may take legal action against those involved.

MMA is used to create the long artificial nails (enhancements) that are so popular today. But, MMA is a danger to both the client and licensed cosmetologist/nail technician. Serious adverse skin reactions and permanent nail deformities are only part of the risks of using MMA. Long term use of MMA may lead to permanent damage to the respiratory system. Sometimes, those who apply these products wear dust masks hoping to obtain some protection. Although these masks are a great way to lower exposure to dusts and filings, they provide absolutely no protection from MMA vapors.

Also, MMA creates nail enhancements that are too rigid for the natural nail plate. MMA enhancements resist breaking if accidentally caught or jammed. This often leads to painful breakage of the nail plate near the cuticle that may result in severe infections.

How can you tell if MMA is being used? Ask your cosmetologist or nail technician if they are using MMA and check the label of the nail product being used. If the label does not contain that information, there are three simple things to watch for: 1) unusually strong or strange odor which doesn't smell like other acrylic liquids; 2) enhancements that are extremely hard and very difficult to file, even with coarse abrasives; and 3) enhancements that will not soak off in solvents designed to remove acrylics.

The South Dakota Cosmetology Commission does not allow the use of liquid MMA. If you think that MMA is being used in a salon, please contact the South Dakota Cosmetology Commission.

Salon Information

20:42:04:10 - Every salon must display in a prominent place a copy of the most current applicable health, safety, and sanitation rules of the commission. You may print a copy of the rules (in Adobe .pdf format*) or contact the Commission office for a copy. The copy size is 8 1/2" x 14".

20:42:04:10.02 - Any service offered within a salon that is not a cosmetology practice must be clearly identified as an unregulated service and listed on a sign conspicuously posted in the reception area. The sign shall state: "Unregulated Services. The following services offered by (name of your salon) are not regulated by the South Dakota Cosmetology Commission: ___________". You may print a copy of the sign (in Adobe .pdf format*) or contact the Commission office for a copy. Copy size is 8 1/2" x 11". The sign is to be completed and posted by owner:

20:42:04:10.01 - The blood spill rules shall be posted in or near the first aid kit in the salon. You may print a copy of the sign (in Adobe .pdf format*) or contact the Commission office for a copy. Copy size is 8 1/2" x 11".

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Marcia Hultman, Secretary
700 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501-2291
Tel. 605.773.3101
Fax. 605.773.6184