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Navigating OSHA Rules and Regulations for Med Spa/Aesthetic Practices


In the world of medical aesthetic practices and med spas, compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines is critical.
In the world of medical aesthetic practices and med spas, compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines is critical.

In the world of medical aesthetic practices and med spas, compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines is critical. The implications of non-compliance can be costly, both in terms of financial penalties and potential harm to patients. This blog post will delve into the key OSHA rules, regulations, considerations, and violations that med spa/aesthetic practices need to consider.


Navigating OSHA Rules and Regulations Med Spa/Aesthetic Practices


For medical aesthetic practices and med spas, OSHA tends to investigate compliance with standards such as bloodborne pathogens.
For medical aesthetic practices and med spas, OSHA tends to investigate compliance with standards such as bloodborne pathogens.

OSHA is a federal body that enforces safety and health regulations in workplaces across the United States. For medical aesthetic practices and med spas, OSHA tends to investigate compliance with standards such as bloodborne pathogens (1).


A willful violation of OSHA standards, meaning a purposeful disregard or plain indifference to employee safety, can carry a penalty of not more than $70,0002. Serious and other-than-serious violations can carry a penalty of not more than $7,0002.


There are 22 states that operate under OSHA-approved State Plans, which cover both private sector and state and local government workers. On the other hand, there are 7 states where the OSHA-approved State Plans only cover state and local government workers. The remaining states fall under the jurisdiction of federal OSHA. (9)


Common OSHA Violations for Med Spas


Inadequate training or lack of a written exposure control plan for bloodborne pathogens.
Inadequate training or lack of a written exposure control plan for bloodborne pathogens.

While every med spa is unique, there are some frequently cited OSHA violations that are common across the industry. These include (3):

  • Inadequate training or lack of a written exposure control plan for bloodborne pathogens.

  • Failure to use engineering and work practice controls to eliminate or minimize employee exposure.

  • Lack of a written hazard communication program or inadequate training on hazardous chemicals.

The penalties for these violations can start at approximately $1,500 per violation (4).

Legal Considerations and Implications

Beyond the immediate financial penalties, OSHA violations can have further legal implications. If a medical spa is found in violation of Stark Law, which prohibits physician self-referral, it will be required to return any funds paid in by Medicare or Medicaid for medical services (5). Furthermore, violations of the laws can mean a loss of your medical license, fines, penalties, and even possible imprisonment (6).

Staying Compliant


Compliance with OSHA rules and regulations is not just a legal obligation for med spas; it's an essential part of maintaining a safe and healthy workplace.
Compliance with OSHA rules and regulations is not just a legal obligation for med spas; it's an essential part of maintaining a safe and healthy workplace.

To avoid these potential pitfalls, it is crucial for med spas to stay compliant with OSHA standards. This includes staying updated on state-specific med spa laws (7), as well as understanding who can own and operate a med spa. For example, in Texas, nurse practitioners, estheticians, and other non-physicians cannot own a med spa (8).

In conclusion, Navigating OSHA Rules and Regulations Med Spa/Aesthetic Practices & staying in compliance with OSHA rules and regulations is not just a legal obligation for med spas; it's an essential part of maintaining a safe and healthy workplace. By understanding these regulations and implementing proper procedures, med spas can ensure they provide the best care for their patients while avoiding costly penalties.


Don't leave your medical spa vulnerable to OSHA inquiries and other legal/regulatory issues. The Aesthetic Pathway Institute, in collaboration with Hammill Little Healthcare Law, is offering free 20-minute legal consultations for aesthetic practices. Click on the link below to schedule your consultation today and ensure your practice stays on the right side of the law.





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