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Checklist: Best infection control techniques in a Salon

Mar 26 2018, 13:13 PM


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Whatever the type of business you are running, every workplace must be a hygienic environment. This is particularly important in an establishment that has so many different people passing through it every day, such as salons.

To be a successful and responsible salon, it is imperative that hygiene within your business is one of your utmost priorities. This is not only for the benefit of your clients and visitors but also for members of staff to ensure that your business is running smoothly and nobody’s health is put at risk.

It is the responsibility of everyone who works within the salon to practice good hygiene. All workers must make sure that tasks such as sterilising, keeping the place tidy and sweeping the floor are kept on top of regularly. We recommend using a daily checklist so you can keep records of each job that needs to be done. This will then help you to keep an efficient salon.

High risk procedures

Below are the specific at risk procedures for beauty therapy, including injection treatments.

Infection control techniques in a salon

Infection control is a strong topic when it comes to salons. Due to the sheer number of clients that come and go it can pose a risk to clients and members of staff when it comes to the transmission of infection.

The following infection control definition should be fully understood:

Cleaning
Cleaning usually refers to the removal of dirt from surfaces using soap, water and antibacterial wipes . It is the removal of all visible debris on surfaces and the first step to a clean salon.

Sanitation
Sanitation reduces the number of germs on instruments and surfaces. This works by chemically cleaning surfaces to prevent the spread of infection. These products are often purchased in a concentrated form and then mixed with water.

Disinfection
This is a chemical process that eliminates the majority of microorganisms. These chemical products destroy, bacteria, fungi and viruses.

Sterilisation
This process completely gets rid of all microbial life and destroys all potentially dangerous organisms.

Daily cleaning checklist:

Personal hygiene:

Your hands come into contact with many items a day in a salon, as well as other people’s hair and skin. This could pose a big risk to health if you don’t regularly clean your hands and follow these personal hygiene tips:
For more information on personal hygiene, refer to our hand hygiene blog.

Work surfaces

You need to keep all work surfaces and trolleys clean to prevent infection. It will also make your salon look a lot better too.
If you have a large salon buy these products in bulk, saving you money in the long run.

Needles

Tattoo parlours and piercing studios should be inspected by Public Health once a year, so for health and safety reasons you need to keep the place suitably clean.
Salon chairs

Most salon chairs are made from PVC or vinyl, this means they are easy to clean. However, you need to be using the right product so you don’t ruin the chairs. Disinfectant that contains alcohol should be avoided - it will crack the material making it easy for germs to multiply.
Hair removal - hairdressers
Tools

When cleaning your heated styling tools, make sure they are switched off and have completely cooled down.
Floors
Towels and gowns
Your salon states exactly what type of establishment you are operating and your customers will notice things - some more than others so you need to make sure that you are keeping it clean and hygienic. It should be as tidy and clutter free as possible; people will not want a frequent salon that doesn’t care about cleanliness. For more tips and tricks on cleaning, head over to our Cleaning Checklist Hub.


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