Chapter 02 - Facility Health Permits

25.0201 Definitions.


The following definitions shall apply in the interpretation and enforcement of this article:

(a) "Barber" or “beautician" means any person who personally or by any other person, for pay, shaves or trims the beard, cuts the hair, gives facial and scalp massages, facial and scalp treatments with oils and creams and other preparations made for that purpose, either by hand or by mechanical appliances, singes and shampoos the hair, sets the hair, or gives permanent waves.

(b) "Barbershop" or “beauty shop" means any place wherein the hair is cut, singed, shampooed, set, or waved, the beard is trimmed, or the face, and/or the scalp is shaved, massaged or treated with oils, creams, or any other preparation made for that purpose, either manually or by mechanical appliance for pay.

25.0202 Health permits required.


It is unlawful for any person to operate a barbershop or beauty shop in American Samoa who does not have a health permit from the director of health as required in 25.0501 ASCA. Such a permit shall be posted in a place where people can see it. Only persons who meet the requirements of this article and the ASCA will be given a permit.

25.0203 Health certificates for barbers and beauticians.


All barbers or beauticians must be examined by the public health department at least once in every 12 months. They will be given a certificate which must be kept on their person when working in a barber shop or beauty shop. No barber will be employed in a barbershop and/or no beautician will be employed in a beauty shop who does not have a valid certificate of health.

25.0204 Inspection.


At least once in every 6 months the chief sanitarian or his agents will inspect every barbershop or beauty shop within American Samoa. One copy of the inspection report will be filed with the public health department and 1 copy will be posted in a conspicuous place on the premises.

25.0205 Sanitation rules.


(a) Building. The building must be of a type that can be kept clean.

(b) Hand Washing Facilities. There must be a place for washing hands, providing water, soap, and clean towels.

(c) Toilet. There must be a clean toilet available on the premises.

(d) Equipment and Utensils. All equipment and utensils must be in good repair and kept clean.

(e) Waste Disposal. All waste must be properly disposed of. Garbage and trash must be kept in suitable metal containers with close fitting lids. After emptying, containers must be cleaned.

(f) Personnel Clothing and Cleanliness. All barbers or beauticians must wear clean clothing and must keep their hands and body well washed. Their hair must be neat, clean and free of lice.

(g) Animals or Fowl. No animals or fowl shall be kept or allowed in a barber shop or beauty shop.

(h) Premises. The premises must be kept clean and reasonably free of all litter, rubbish, flies, rats, and harmful things.

(i) Communicable Disease. The barber or beautician must be free of any communicable disease.

(j) No person suffering from a communicable disease or eruption of the face, scalp, or neck shall be served in a barber shop or beauty shop.

(k) Shaving Mugs and Brushes. Shaving mugs and lather brushes must be thoroughly cleansed with hot water or by some other method approved by the director of health.

(l) Instruments. All razors, scissors, needles, pincers, and other instruments shall be cleansed and sterilized after each separate use, either by boiling in water for 5 minutes or by some other method approved by the director of health.

(m) Combs and Brushes. Combs and brushes must be kept thoroughly cleansed with soap and hot water or by some other method approved by the director of health.

(n) Styptics. The use of styptic sticks or pencils is prohibited. Materials used for this purpose must be in powered or liquid form.

(o) Powder Puffs and Sponges. The use of powder puffs and sponges is prohibited.

(p) Towels. Towels must be properly laundered in soap and hot water.

(q) Violations. Any employee who fails to maintain cleanliness of person or habits or who neglects to wash his hands before resuming work after visiting the toilet, or who does not properly use, misuses, or improperly cares for any appliance or instrument used for the care of the hair, scalp, or face, or used for the care of such instruments or appliances, is guilty of an offense against this article.

(r) Posting Provisions. A copy of this article shall be posted in the barbershop or beauty shop where the barbers, beauticians, and customers can see it.

25.0206 Violation-Health permit suspension or revocation.


The director of health may suspend or revoke the health permit issued to any barbershop or beauty shop upon the violation by the holder, or by a person in his employ or under his supervision or control, of any public health rule. Such suspension or revocation shall be invoked pursuant to and as provided in 25.0509 ASCA.