Nail salon inspections reveal unlicensed employees, reused buffers, dirty pedicure bowls

Investigates

A couple of nail salons are called out for not being “Up To Code.” The Ohio State Cosmetology and Barber Board discovered the violations during routine inspections.

Inspectors found “multiple used files and buffers” at a nail salon being run out of house on Abba Drive in Westerville. State law states “porous implements shall be discarded after each use.”  And, yes, it’s legal to run a nail salon out of your home if you’re licensed and meet state guidelines.

At Hot Tips Nail and Spa, 4408 Cleveland Avenue, inspectors discovered a tech working there without a license and noted that pedicure bowls were not properly cleaned and disinfected. In their report, inspectors noted the drains had “dirty residue.”

A manager told NBC Investigator Tom Sussi that they are now cleaning the pedicure bowl drains, and using liners. We also learned that the unlicensed tech has a work permit, and is following the necessary steps to get her license.

Both salons signed what is called a “Consent Agreement” with the Board. They agreed to correct the violations, and get “Up To Code.” Plus, pay a $250 fine.

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