Person washing hands in soap and water

ALL staff members working a Salon or Spa are suggested to follow these guidelines:

Clean all multi-use Salon tools and equipment of debris with a chelating surfactant soap or detergent, warm water and a scrub brush, rinse with warm water, then dry with a disposable towel

Disinfect ONLY after all multi-use Salon tools and equipment have been properly sanitized
Disinfect multi-use tools by completely immersing in either disinfectant solution, 10% bleach, 70% Isopropyl Alcohol, or 99% Ethyl Alcohol
Always add disinfectant solution to water (not water to disinfectant) in a covered container (not air tight)
Rinse with warm water, dry with a disposable towel
Place all disinfected tools in a clean container, UV Sanitizer or Dry Sanitizer until ready to use
Never use disinfectants as hand cleansers
Avoid skin contact with disinfectants
Change disinfectant solution daily or immediately following contamination
Always follow manufacturer's instruction and time recommendations
Keep written records of routinely implemented disinfection procedures
Use the same infection control procedures on all clients

Hand washing is one of the best methods of preventing the spread of germs and removing microorganisms from the hands 
Wash hands thoroughly by first removing all jewellery, then use an antibacterial soap, scrub with a soft bristle brush and warm water before and after each service
Pay close attention to scrubbing under the nail's free edge
Dry thoroughly with a disposable towel
Should chapping or irritation occur, apply hand lotion as needed to keep skin soft
Wash hands before and after wearing gloves

Staff Personal Grooming
Good grooming with proper attention to personal hygiene particularly regarding the hair, face and hands
Professional attire recommended with closed toe shoes and hosiery
Hair Stylists and Barbers should wear a clean apron or smock
Estheticians and Nail Technicians should wear a clean white lab coat or uniform
Hair of shoulder length or longer must be fixed off the face
Jewellery may interfere with services being provided
Pay attention to the appropriate length of nails as this may interfere with the services being provided
Staff with open sores or skin lesions on their hands should wear disposable gloves or avoid direct contact with

A clean, properly sanitized gown should be provided for each client receiving a chemical service or esthetic treatment
A private area should be provided for a client to change and conveniently hang their clothing

Work Surfaces
All work surfaces must be cleaned before each service with a sanitizing spray, then wiped clean with a disposable towel

After each service be sure to remove all debris from chairs
Immediately following direct contact with a client's skin, all chairs must be cleaned with a sanitizing spray then wiped with a disposable towel

Keep floors clean by sweeping after each client, mop floors and vacuum carpets daily
Objects dropped on the floor must be sanitized and disinfected

Refuse Disposal
All garbage cans should be lined with a plastic, disposable bag, and disposed of regularly
Foot release flip up lids recommended to prevent cross contamination
Wash and disinfect garbage cans regularly
Anything exposed to blood, bodily fluids, and skincare treatment debris must be double bagged and disposed
of carefully
A puncture proof container should be used to dispose of any sharps, lancets and needles

Sinks & Hair Washing Stations
There must be a sufficient number of sinks available on the premises in convenient locations to accommodate regular hand washing, cleansing of implements, and hair washing
There must be hot and cold running fresh water
Clean sinks after each use
Sanitize and disinfect all sinks daily or immediately following contamination

Provide disposable towels, liquid hand soap and a clean, soft bristle nail brush
Sanitize and disinfect daily or immediately following contamination

Beverage Services
Use disposable drinking cups
Prohibit drinking and eating in areas where services are performed

Linen & Laundry Services
Use an additive (such as bleach) along with soap powder and hot water in the washing machine to disinfect and sanitize all linens then place in a clothes dryer set at the hottest temperature
Once a towel or linen has touched or been used on a client it must be properly laundered
Store soiled towels and linens in a covered receptacle until laundered, remove with gloves
Launder linen regularly, never leave soiled linen overnight as fungus and mold may grow
If a towel or linen contacts broken skin, blood, bodily fluids or any other unhealthy condition it must be disposed of

Must be clean and orderly by clearly marking the contents of all containers
Store products according to manufacturer's instructions, away from heat and direct sunlight
Clean fans, ventilation system and humidifiers at least once each week to ensure proper air quality and circulation
Keep the temperature of the premises at 21 degrees Celsius or 70 degrees Fahrenheit
Direct exhaust air and fans away from the premises
Install screens on all windows to prevent insects and rodents from entering the premises

Safe Chemical Practices
Redness, irritation or swelling of the skin due to a reaction to certain chemicals may go unnoticed at first, yet may intensify over time resulting in a more severe reaction
If contact occurs, treat and care for the skin immediately by washing with warm, soapy water
Advise a client to consult a physician if any type of irritation should occur or appear
Perform a patch test 24 to 48 hours prior to each application of aniline-derivative hair colour
Wear protective, vinyl gloves through the application of a chemical

Universal Precautions

A Salon or Spa should be smoke, pet and pest free
Clean the telephone receiver, doorknobs and handles daily to reduce the spread of germs
Periodically inspect all wet rooms for rust, mold and other signs of deterioration
Be sure the hot water tank is of a sufficient size to accommodate the amount of hot water the premises needs and consumes
Schedule annual safety and operational inspections for electrical, hot water tanks, air conditioners, and ventilation systems
Keep a first aid kit on hand
Remove products from containers using pumps, squeeze bottles with dispenser caps, or disposable spatulas
Discard any unused product that has been removed from its container
Document all accidental exposures to blood or bodily fluid (name, address, phone number, date, injury site, and circumstances surrounding injury)
Keep records on site for one year
Hepatitis B vaccination is strongly recommended for anyone working in a personal service establishment
ALWAYS follow product's manufacturer instructions and time recommendations

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