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Laws & Rules

The Ohio State Cosmetology and Barber enforces rules governing Barbering and Cosmetology practices in Ohio. Click on the appropriate tab to access the latest versions of these rules as well as proposed rules under consideration by the Board.

Ohio Administrative Code

Rules governing Barbering and Cosmetology practices in Ohio are found in Chapter 4713 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC). The Guide to the Rule Making Process explains how the Board adopts, modifies, or replaces new and existing rules within the Ohio Administrative Code.  Please follow the links below to learn more.


Ohio Administrative Code Chapter 4713 (OAC)

Ohio Revised Code

Statutes governing Barbering and Cosmetology practices in Ohio are found in Chapters 4709 and 4713 of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC). Please follow the links below to learn more.


Ohio Revised Code Chapter 4713 (ORC)


Ohio Revised Code Chapter 4709 (ORC)

Proposed Rules

Five-Year Rule Review

Ohio Revised Code Section 119.032 requires agencies to review all rules at least every five years to assure they are current, relevant and essential. In addition, the Board may promulgate new or amend existing rules to update its regulatory matrix; not infrequently, the Board engages in rule updates and revisions in response to needs identified by the Board or through stakeholder input, or in response to legislative or executive actions. A general guide to the Board's rule promulgation and amendment process is available at the link on the bottom of this page.

Common Sense Initiative

The Common Sense Initiative requires the Board to reach out to stakeholders early in the rule promulgation process to capture as much feedback as possible regarding how the rule language may affect stakeholders and whether there are undue or unanticipated costs imposed by the proposed language. CSI review is generally focused on four (4) issues for consideration:

(1) Is more flexibility at the local level required?

(2) Does the rule present an opportunity to eliminate unnecessary paperwork and does it reference a text that is incorporated appropriately?

(3) Does the rule overlap or conflict with other rules?

(4) Does the rule have an adverse impact on businesses that has not been eliminated or reduced?

After considering stakeholder input, a rule may be amended or filed as is with the Office of Common Sense Initiative. The Board is required to file a Business Impact Analysis (BIA), which explains the rule, whether stakeholder input was used. Once filed with the CSI office, stakeholders have another opportunity to address the rule and the BIA by filing comments with the CSI Office.

Please reference information below regarding the current proposal. This page will be updated as the process moves between the Board, the Office of the Common Sense Initiative, and the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review.

Proposed amended rules (Note: draft rule will show changes. Red indicates redacted language. Blue indicates new or added language. Black is existing or retained language). Click on rule number to view the proposed rule.

Current Rules under Five-Year Rule Review or under current review

The Ohio State Cosmetology and Barber Board is required to draft rules in collaboration with stakeholders, assess and justify any adverse impact on the business community (as defined by SB2), and provide opportunity for the affected public to provide input on the rules.  To consider stakeholder input, the Board must reach out to stakeholders early in the rule promulgation process to capture as much feedback as possible regarding how the rule language may affect stakeholders and whether there are undue or unanticipated costs imposed by the proposed language.  The Ohio State Cosmetology and Barber Board is proposing to file the following rules with the Office of Common Sense Initiative.  If you have any comments on any of these rules, please forward them to:  OSBCRuleReview@cos.ohio.gov

Newly Proposed Rules: 

Proposed Amended Rules: 

Proposed Rules for Rescission: 

Proposed Rules for No Change: 

Current Rules Filed with the Office of Common Sense Initiative

The Ohio State Cosmetology and Barber Board is required to draft rules in collaboration with stakeholders, assess and justify any adverse impact on the business community (as defined by SB2), and provide opportunity for the affected public to provide input on the rules.  Proposed rules are filed with the Office of Common Sense Initiative and posted here on the Board’s website, along with the Business Impact Analysis for each rule.  Stakeholders may provide comments on these rules directly to the Office of Common Sense Initiative, which they will review before issuing a recommendation on the rules. 

Please forward any comments to OSBCRuleReview@cos.ohio.gov and CSIPublicComments@governor.ohio.gov.  

Business Impact Analysis for Rules Listed below:

Newly Proposed Rules:

Proposed Amended Rules:

Proposed Rules for Rescission:

Proposed Rules for No Change: 

Current Rules Filed with Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review & Notice of Public Hearing

Business Impact Analysis for Rules Listed below: 

Newly Proposed Rules: 

Proposed Amended Rules:

Proposed Rules for Rescission: 

Proposed Rules for No Change:

Notice of Public Hearing: 

Newly Adopted Rules




  • 4709-3-08 Assistant Barber Teacher
  • 4709-5-01 Reciprocity
  • 4713-8-10 Corrective Course Action
  • 4713-15-18 Infection Control Standards for Licensees Under Chapter 4709. of the Revised Code
  • 4713-19-15 Temporary Chemical Tanning Facilities

Infection Control Standards

Facility and Infection Control Standards

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General Sanitation OAC 4713‐15‐01
At all times, except for the period during which a licensee or boutique services registration holder performs a service and prepares the service area for the next patron, the licensed or permitted facility shall be clean and maintained in accordance with the infection control procedures outlined in this chapter. Used and/or unclean equipment and implements shall be stored separate and apart from clean items, and must be properly cleaned and disinfected prior to use.
Infection Control Standards for Licensees under ORC 4709. OAC 4713‐15‐18
All individuals and businesses licensed or practicing under Chapter 4709 of the Revised Code shall comply with the infection control provisions set forth in this chapter. In addition, individuals licensed or practicing under Chapter 4709 of the Revised Code are subject to the following provisions:
(A) Any straight razor that has been stropped using a porous strop must be cleaned and disinfected in accordance with paragraph (A)(1) of rule 4713-15-03.
(B) The head rest of a barber chair shall be covered with a freshly laundered towel or fresh paper for each patron.
Animals in Salons OAC 4713‐1‐09
Animals, with the exception of fish in an aquarium maintained in a sanitary condition, service animals as defined in rule 4713‐1‐01 of the Administrative Code, and pets that have received an exemption, are not permitted in a cosmetology salon, barbershop, tanning facility, cosmetology or barber school, or in the offices of the board.
Signs OAC4713‐1‐12
Every salon, barbershop, school, or tanning facility licensed or permitted by the Board shall have a sign stating in English the name of the business as submitted in the salon, barbershop, school, or tanning facility’s application to the board. A barbershop may display a “barber pole”, as described in division (G) of section 4709.01 of the Revised Code, in lieu of a sign.
Water Supply / Waste Disposal and Restrooms OAC 4713‐11‐03 & 05
Each salon or barbershop shall be equipped with an adequate supply of hot and cold running water and proper plumbing and a safe water supply. The storage and collection of solid waste shall be collected to avoid the creation of health hazards, rodent harborages, insect breeding, and accidents. Solid waste shall be collected or disposed of at least once a week. Sewage and other liquid shall be disposed of in a sanitary manner. Solid waste shall be stored in containers with solid sides. All salons and barbershops shall have at least one restroom including a toilet, hand‐washing sink, soap dispenser, solid waste container and paper towel dispenser or equipment for hand drying. Restrooms shall be kept sanitary and functional at all times.
Storage of Chemicals OAC 4713‐11‐06
All chemicals used in the practice of barbering or a branch of cosmetology shall be stored in a safe location that is not readily accessible to customers and/or members of the public.
Exhaust Fumes OAC 4713‐11‐09
All licensed salons and barbershops shall have properly maintained commercial exhaust fans or air filtration equipment that meets local and state building codes.
Non‐Cosmetology Services, Retail Product Sales OAC 4713‐11‐10, 12 4713‐13‐09
A salon or barber shop may provide a service regulated by another Ohio board/agency if the provider of the service holds a current, valid license from the board/agency regulating the service. Refer to full rule OAC 4713-11 (A)(B)(C)
Methods of Disinfection OAC 4713‐15‐02
Any implements to be used on any patrons shall be properly sanitized and then disinfected. All chemicals used for disinfection shall meet the definition
of "appropriate disinfectant" found in rule 4713‐1‐01 of the Administrative Code, and shall be used in accordance with manufacturer's instructions.
Disinfection of implements and spills; blood and body fluids OAC 4713‐15‐03 (A)
Disinfectants are inactivated and ineffective when the implement to be disinfected is visibly contaminated with debris, hair, dirt, oils, particulates, and/or when heavily soiled. Thus, non‐porous implements and all salon surfaces shall be thoroughly cleaned prior to disinfection.
(1) All used non‐porous implements shall first be cleaned with warm, soapy/detergent water of dirt, debris, and or bodily fluids, and then disinfected by
completely immersing in an appropriate disinfectant. A clean, covered container of adequate size shall be used for the wet disinfectant.
(2) All salon surfaces shall be thoroughly cleaned and then disinfected with an appropriate disinfectant before beginning a service.
(3) Disinfectants shall be prepared fresh at least daily. Disinfectants shall be prepared more than once a day if the solution becomes diluted or soiled.
(4) To ensure proper disinfection, non‐porous implements and surfaces shall remain in contact with the appropriate disinfectant for the contact time recommended by the manufacturer, or for at least ten minutes if using a bleach solution.
(B) Porous implements, including all types of brushes with natural bristles, shall be discarded after each use and shall not be cleaned and disinfected for reuse.
(C) All bottles and/or containers other than the original manufacturers' container used for application of an appropriate disinfectant shall be properly labeled as to the contents.
(D) All spills of blood and/or bodily fluids shall be cleaned as soon as possible and disinfected with an appropriate disinfectant.
(1) Nonporous, single‐use gloves shall be used to pick up waste.
(2) Any towel, cloth, or other item used to clean a spill of blood or bodily fluids shall be discarded by placing in double bags, or in a biohazard container.
(3) Any clothing affected by the spill shall be removed prior to returning to work.
(4) Any mops, brushes, buckets, or similar items used to clean the spill area shall be disinfected by immersing in a bleach solution mixed and used in accordance with rule 4713‐1‐01 of the Administrative Code.
(E) Any unused porous items shall be stored in a closed, dustproof cabinet, drawer, or container.
Shampoo Bowls OAC 4713‐15‐04
After each use, all shampoo bowls, shampoo boards, and any other items used for shampooing shall be cleaned of hair and other debris and then shall be disinfected using an appropriate disinfectant.
Proper Protection of the Neck OAC 4713‐15‐05
No cape or similar article shall be placed directly against the neck of a patron. A licensee or boutique services registration holder shall use a paper neck band or a clean towel to prevent the cape or other similar article from coming into direct contact with a patron. No neck band of paper or cloth shall be used more than once. 
No towels shall be used more than once without proper laundering as described in rule 4713‐15‐11 of the Administrative Code.
Use of Styptics, Cream, Powder and Solutions OAC 4713‐15‐06,07,09
All creams and other semi‐solid substances; except for products that are dispensed from a pump, squeeze, or spray container, shall be removed from containers with a disposable spatula or a non‐porous spatula that has been cleaned and disinfected with an appropriate disinfectant. Styptics to arrest bleeding shall be used only in liquid or powder form, and shall be applied by a single‐use, disposable item. All powder shall be dispensed from a shaker or similar container and shall be applied with a single‐use, disposable item, or a clean towel. Acrylic powder shall be dispensed into individual,
disposable containers for each patron. No towels shall be used more than once without proper laundering as described in rule 4713‐15‐11 of the Administrative Code.
Walls and Floors OAC 4713‐15‐10
At all times, walls, floors, ceilings, and fixtures shall be maintained in a safe condition, and kept reasonably free from hair, dirt and debris, except for the period during which a licensee performs a service and prepares the service area for the next patron. Floor covering shall be totally nonabsorbent and shall extend at least in a three foot radius from the center of any styling or shampoo service chair or pedicure unit. For any service where a client removes shoes and socks, the salon shall provide single‐use, disposable socks or sandals to prevent the client's bare feet from touching the floor,
unless the client chooses to bring and wear their own socks or sandals.
Proper Laundering OAC 4713‐15‐11
All cloth towels, robes, and similar items, except for those exposed to blood or body fluids as described in paragraph (D2) of rule 4713‐15‐03 of the Administrative Code, shall be laundered through a commercial laundry service or onsite, in a washing machine with laundry detergent used according to manufacturer’s directions. Laundering shall be completed using hot water, and laundered items shall be dried prior to use. A hamper or receptacle with solid sides shall be provided for all soiled towels and linens.
Contagious/Communicable Diseases OAC 4713‐15‐13
Licensees and boutique registration holders shall not perform a service on a client who has visible swelling, eruption, redness, bruising on skin, rash, or a parasitic infestation in the area where a service is to be performed without written permission from a physician. A licensee or boutique services registration holder who has visible swelling, eruption, redness, bruising on skin, rash, or a parasitic infestation shall not practice cosmetology or a branch of cosmetology, or otherwise provide a service in a salon without written permission from a physician.
Equipment Sanitation OAC 4713‐15‐15
(A) Salons shall maintain a copy of the manufacturer's/owner's manual for all equipment in service and shall follow the manufacturer's suggestions for cleaning. 
(B) Pedicure units, including those that provide circulating, whirlpool or vacuum effects, and all removable parts shall be cleaned and disinfected after each use. Such equipment shall also be flushed and maintained as recommended by its manufacturer.
(C) Electrically heated equipment shall first be cleaned to remove any hair or debris, and may then be disinfected by either using the heat source of the electric equipment in the manner suggested by the equipment manufacturer, or by following the procedure for disinfecting electrical equipment described in paragraph (D) of this rule.
(D) Any other electrical equipment, including trimmers, clippers and attachments shall be cleaned and disinfected after each use. Such equipment shall be disinfected by cleaning the equipment with an implement or other tool to remove foreign matter, and then saturating the equipment with, or immersing in, an appropriate disinfectant.
(E) Any implement or tool used to clean electrical equipment shall be cleaned of foreign matter and then disinfected with an appropriate disinfectant.

Tanning Facility Standards

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Facility Permit Necessity OAC 4713-19-01
All services provide by tanning facility for public consumption as defined in section 4713.01 & 7713.48 of ORC shall be performed in facilities duly approved and issued permit by the board. Tanning permits are non-transferable.

Installation of equipment 4713-19-04
(1) Each tanning bed shall be located in a separate room with a lockable door, and the room shall have non-transparent walls of a sufficient height to ensure user privacy; (2) Each sunlamp product shall be equipped with a timer which complies with the requirements of 21 CFR part 1040, Section 1040.20(C)(2), revised as of April 1, 2012 and cited as 21 CFR 1040.20. (3) Each sunlamp product shall incorporate a control on the product, or within arm's reach of a user for products without a control installed on the unit by the manufacturer, to enable the user to manually terminate radiation without pulling the electrical plug or coming in contact with the ultraviolet lamp; (4) Each lamp in a sun lamp product shall be shielded so as to prevent the lamp from having any contact with the individual using the sunlamp product. The shields shall not contain substantial cracks or breaks in or on any surface (8) Sunlamp products shall not be altered; (9) Each sun lamp product shall prominently display the following, FDA-required labels: (a) "DANGER--Ultraviolet WEAR PROTECTIVE EYEWEAR; FAILURE TO MAY RESULT INSEVERE BURNS OR LONG-TERM INJURY TO THE EYES. (b) "This sun lamp product should not be used on persons under the age of 18 years"; (10) Each tanning facility shall be equipped to dissipate heat so that the ambient temperature in the facility does not exceed one hundred degrees Fahrenheit or thirty-seven degrees Celsius; (11). The facility shall maintain the manufacturer's recommendations for lamps, bulbs, or filters on file in the facility, and shall produce copies of the lamp compatibility sheets upon inspection or request. Electronic versions of lamp compatibility sheets are acceptable; (B) Chemical tanning products: (1) Equipment or booths used to apply chemicals to human skin shall be installed and/or used in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations;(2) Facilities that offer spray-on, mist-on, or sunless tanning must have the following warning conspicuously posted in the facility": "Warning--This product does not contain a sunscreen and does not protect against sunburn. Repeated exposure of unprotected skin while tanning may increase the risk of skin aging, skin cancer, and other harmful effects to the skin even if you do not burn." (C) Cosmetic, visible light products: (1) Equipment or booths that use visible light for cosmetic purposes shall be installed and/or used in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations; (2) Facilities shall not modify, alter, or use sunlamp products, chemical tanning products, or any other equipment or products that are not specifically designed to use visible light for cosmetic purposes to provide cosmetic, visible light services.

Facility and equipment operation 4713-19-05
(1) Each tanning facility offering sunlamp product services shall have a certified operator on duty at all times to instruct and assist the public (a) Make a reasonable attempt to determine the age of the individual seeking to use the sunlamp tanning service by requesting to see a current, valid driver's license or government-issued, picture identification containing the individual's birth date; (b) Obtain a signed consent form incompliance with section 4713.50 of the Revised Code (effective June 20, 2015) and maintained pursuant to paragraph (A) (2) of rule 4713-19-09 of the Administrative Code;(c) Provide, or make available, protective eyewear to each individual seeking to use the sunlamp product, and ensure that any protective eyewear provided by the facility is properly disinfected in accordance with rule 4713-19-06 of the Administrative Code; (d) Determine the skin type of the individual on the individual's first visit to the tanning facility, and note the skin type on the individual's tanning record, unless using a sunlamp product that is designed to automatically skin type each individual; (e) Establish the time period for the initial exposure and each subsequent exposure, based on skin type, until the individual seeking to use the sunlamp product service has reached the individual's maximum radiation level; (f) Instruct the individual seeking to use the sunlamp tanning service on the position of the safety railing in tanning booths; and the manual switching device to terminate the radiation in case of an emergency. (3) Tanning facilities must post signs, immediately adjacent to each sunlamp product, warning consumers of the potential effects of radiation on persons taking medication and the possible relationship of radiation to skin cancer.

Facility and equipment operation 4713-19-05
(B) Chemical tanning: (1) Facilities must provide each individual seeking to use the chemical tanning services with the following items: (a) Protective eyewear; (b) Lip balm; and (c) Nose filters. (3) Any chemical applied to the human skin must be applied in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and used prior to the expiration date listed on each container of product. (4) Facility personnel applying chemicals with a chemical air brush must use an EPA-approved dust mask during chemical application
(C) General facility operation: (1) Facilities shall regularly inspect the facility to ensure that the floors are dry. (2) Facilities shall ensure that non-absorbent flooring or rubber or plastic mats are in place where an individual enters or exits equipment used in the tanning process, and that the non-absorbent flooring or mats are disinfected after each use. (3) Only one individual shall use tanning equipment during a session. No individual shall be permitted in any room where tanning equipment is operating, and another individual is tanning. (4) Each tanning facility shall maintain an owner's manual, in either paper or electronic form, for each sunlamp product that is used by the tanning facility and produce such manual upon request. (5) Tanning facilities are not permitted to store or provide sanitizers, disinfectants, or cleaners in tanning rooms.

Infection control 4713-19-06
(A) No article or equipment, including eyewear provided by the tanning facility, shall be offered for use to an individual unless that article has first been cleaned and disinfected with an appropriate disinfectant, unless the item is a single-use, disposable item. (B) The walls, floors, ceilings, and fixtures in the facility shall be maintained in a safe condition and kept in a clean and sanitary manner at all times. (C) A clean sanitary towel shall be provided to all individuals seeking to use tanning services. A hamper or receptacle with solid sides shall be provided for all soiled towels and linen. A facility may use either paper or fabric towels. Fabric towels shall be laundered as set forth in rule 4713-15-11 of the Administrative Code. If the facility uses paper towels, each towel shall be properly disposed of after one use of the towel. (D) All facilities shall be equipped with toilet facilities and dressing rooms. Toilet facilities shall include a flush toilet and hand washing sinks, including running water, pump soap, and a paper towel dispenser or equivalent hand drying equipment. All toilet facilities and dressing rooms shall be kept clean, sanitary, and functional at all times. (E) Should blood or other bodily fluids need to be cleaned from any part of the facility or the equipment therein, the individual cleaning blood or other bodily fluids from the equipment or any part of the facility shall follow the procedure to sanitize and disinfect set forth in rule 4713-15-03 of the Administrative Code.

Maintaining records for sunlamp product services 47-13-09
(A) The operator of a tanning facility shall maintain a file for each individual seeking to use the sunlamp tanning service. Each file shall include: (1) Date of most recent exposure (2) Copies of the consent forms developed by the Ohio state cosmetology and barber board that have been signed by the individual, parent, or legal guardian, in accordance with division (B) of section 4713.50 of the Revised Code based upon the age of the individual seeking to use the sunlamp tanning service; (3) A record of the individual's skin type, the date the determination was made, and the certified operator who made the skin type determination; (4) Acknowledgment of receipt of protective eyewear or that the individual will use their own approved eyewear; (5) Acknowledgment that the individual has been advised of maximum exposure time for the session in the unit to which the individual has been assigned; (B) Tanning facilities that maintain records on computer or data processing equipment may use a single paper sign-in sheet for all individuals tanning in a single day. By the end of every day the tanning facility is open for business, the tanning facility shall transfer the information from the paper sign-in sheet to the individual's permanent file. (C) Tanning facilities that utilize electronic signatures and/or biometric identification may utilize the electronic scan or electronic signature in place of a paper sign-in sheet as noted in paragraph (B) of this rule.

4713-19-10 Tanning equipment posing safety risks
A tanning facility shall not use any tanning equipment that is not fully functional or that poses a possible safety risk to a patron. If tanning equipment is broken, does not operate properly, or poses a safety risk, the tanning facility shall not use the tanning equipment until it is repaired. Place a sign saying out of service.

Hand Hygiene

Link to CDC for more information

Practicing hand hygiene is a simple yet effective way to prevent infections. Cleaning your hands can prevent the spread of germs, including those that are resistant to antibiotics and are becoming difficult, if not impossible, to treat. On average, healthcare providers clean their hands less than half of the times they should. On any given day, about one in 31 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection.

Employee/Employer Infection Control Responsibility

Rule 4713-13-07 | Employee/Employer infection control responsibility

(A) The board shall hold individual licensees, boutique services registration holders, and facility owners responsible for compliance with the board's safety and infection control standards as follows:

(1) Facility owners are responsible for all common areas; and
(2) Licensees and boutique services registration holders are responsible for their assigned service area and any service area they are using at the time of inspection.

(B) Individual licensees engaged in the practice of barbering or any branch of cosmetology, including boutique services, shall thoroughly cleanse their hands with soap and water or an anti-bacterial sanitizer immediately before serving each patron.

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