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Classifying Spa, Massage and Personal Appearance Service Operations

June 10, 2015

In this edition: The California Workers’ Compensation Uniform Statistical Reporting Plan—1995 (USRP) directives for classifying business that provide spa, massage and personal appearance services.

The WCIRB often receives requests for assistance in classifying businesses that provide massage, spa and personal appearance services. Based on the scope of services and the type of facilities operated, most businesses with such operations are assigned to one of three classifications.

Employers that provide massage services or other personal appearance services, but do not provide exercise facilities or bath facilities such as saunas, steam baths, hydrotherapy baths or soaking tubs, are classified as 9586, Barber Shops, Hair Styling Salons and Personal Appearance Services. In addition to massage and hair styling, other personal appearance services associated with Classification 9586 include manicures, pedicures, facial treatments, tattoos, piercing, tanning and hair removal.

Employers that provide massage or other personal appearance services in connection with bath facilities such as saunas, steam baths, hydrotherapy baths or soaking tubs, are classified as 9053(1), Baths  (provided they do not operate exercise facilities.)                                                                            

Massage services or other personal appearance services are also provided by many employers that operate athletic clubs. An athletic club may or may not include bath facilities such as saunas, steam baths, hydrotherapy baths or soaking tubs, but will feature exercise facilities. Massage services or other personal appearance services provided by athletic clubs are classified as 9053(2), Exercise or Health Institutes.

Effective January 1, 2015, Classification 9586 in the USRP provides as follows:                  

BARBER SHOPS, HAIR STYLING SALONS AND PERSONAL APPEARANCE SERVICES – all employees – including receptionists

This classification applies to employers that provide hair cutting and styling services, massage services and other personal appearance services, including but not limited to manicures, pedicures, facial treatments, tattoos, piercing, tanning and hair removal.

This classification also applies to the provision of fee-based salon services provided by barber and cosmetology schools.

The operation of spa facilities that include saunas, steam baths, hydrotherapy baths or soaking tubs, including massage or personal appearance services provided in connection therewith, shall be classified as 9053(1), Baths.

The operation of exercise facilities, including massage or personal appearance services provided in connection therewith, shall be classified as 9053(2), Exercise or Health Institutes.

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Related Information

Classification and Rating Committee Meeting Minutes for March 18, 2014
Classification Search
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Online Guide to Workers' Compensation: The Standard Classification System

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