Each cosmetology work area must have a hand-washing sink. A work area is defined as a space where cosmetologist, esthetician, eyelash technician, and/or nail technician services are provided. Each room where any regulated service takes place is considered a separate work area UNLESS it is connected to another work area where the shared walls are less than 6 feet high and/or the pass-through to the adjacent room is open by 5 feet or wider and unobstructed.
If the room is connected to another work area with a hand-washing sink by shared walls that are less than 6 feet high and/or a pass-through that is open by 5 feet or wider and unobstructed, you would not need to install a separate hand-washing sink in the room. If the room does not meet those specifications, you will need to install a sink in that room.
You need to provide workers compensation coverage if your salon has employees—individuals such as maintenance workers, front desk or reception workers, office workers, or practitioners who are not working as independent contractors (renters). Contact the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (www.dli.mn.gov) with workers compensation questions.