Maintaining a high standard of hygiene as a therapist is essential. Not only from a health and safety perspective, but clients will not return if the salon, treatment area, or equipment are not clean. It is vital therefore to ensure that we provide a safe environment for clients.
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 places a duty on employers and the self-employed to protect the health and safety of themselves and others they employ, this also includes our clients.
A hazard is anything that can cause harm
Hazards therapist need to be aware of:
For further information check out www.hse.gov.uk
Reporting Accidents and Incidents
The reporting of all accidents/incidents should be recorded in the accident book, which should be kept with a first aid kit on the premises.
The following information should be recorded:
Salon/Treatment area hygiene
There is a legal requirement to provide a safe environment for staff and clients who may be using your premises. Carrying out a risk assessment will identify any hazards, which is a situation that poses a level of threat or potential harm. If there is a hazard it is important to put controls in place to minimise the risk. Sensible measures need to be auctioned to reduce the hazard to provide a safe working practice.
It is important that risks are minimised and that all staff are trained in the event of an accident. There are some potential Salon hazards that will require a risk assessment, such as the Salon space, any chemicals being used, any equipment used and the security of clients and money.
Micro-organisms that may cause disease must be controlled through cleaning, sanitation, sterilisation or disinfection.
Reduces the number of pathogen bacteria. The lowest form of decontamination and is safe to use on the skin. This process removes dust, dirt and organic matter along with a large proportion of micro-organisms from an object.
Sanitation is essential before sterilisation or disinfection, the process is carried out by applying sanitising sprays, soaps or gels directly onto the skin, equipment or instruments.
Kills all living organisms.
Several ways to sterilise the equipment:
This greatly reduces pathogenic bacteria on work surfaces, this method is not suitable for skin, hair or nails. Disinfection is used on floors, work surfaces, work stations, walls, bowls.
Methods of hygiene and sterilising for specific tools