Infection control guidelines in barber shops

Every day several people visit barbershops or cosmetology facilities for hair services, trims, perms, or colorful nail services. There are chances that some of the customers are infected with HBV & HIV, and these viral infections don’t exhibit any symptoms. Being a barber, the health of your customers is your hand. Therefore, it’s mandatory to practice safety and infection control procedures to ensure the care of your customers’ nails, skin, and hair. According to the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology, you also need to make your clients aware of the health problems that can be transmitted through contaminated utensils, client contact, and improper disinfection procedures. Nowadays, most barbering schools offer infection control course, so that the aspiring barbers can learn the techniques of infection control in the salon. However, to make sure you obtain the right skills and knowledge, you must choose the best barbering school in your state or country. At International Barber Institute, we intend to provide our students with quality teaching, accurate materials, and curriculum.


  Infection control guidelines in barber shops
 

The following are the top methods that you can use to exercise appropriate precautions against dangerous and harmful diseases.


Clean hands – When it comes to the safety of the barber as well as the customers, clean hands are crucial. While working in the salon, your hands may get contaminated by touching the infected objects or the skin of the customer, your hands may transmit the infection to another customer, or you can also get the infection. Contaminated hands can also transfer the disease to the clipper or razor and then to the customer. For this reason, you must wash your hands before drinking and eating, before and after the work, and after using a toilet.


Make sure you use an approved disinfectant – Always use an approved disinfectant in the salon, and make sure it doesn’t damage the objects. Disinfectant works best on clean surfaces, so clean your dust-filled chairs, counters, or barbering tools before disinfection. If your barber shop requires heavy brush cleaning, make sure you’re well-equipped for protection, such as using gloves and masks.


Avoid sharing things between customers – Do not use the same tool on your customers without proper cleaning, disinfection, and disposal of single-use things. Always clean combs and brushes with soap and water before using them on another customer. Shampoo bowls and boards should be kept clean at all times.


Cleaning and disinfection – In the morning as well as between customers, clean the counters and chairs. Make sure the hair clippings are swept after every customer and it should be disposed of in a covered container. Regularly perform sanitation using EPA registered hospital grade disinfectant for the equipment and surfaces.

How to disinfect barbering tools?


Practice the following steps to properly disinfect barbering tools and equipment.


  • Wash your barbering tools with soap and water.
  • Then, immerse them in an EPA-registered disinfectant for a recommended time, which is nearly about 10-15 minutes.
  • Store the disinfected tools in a clean, covered, and labeled container. For easy identification, label the disinfected tools container “clean” on the outside.
  • If any items cannot be cleaned and cleaned, including a nail file or buffer, and a cotton ball, dispose of them safely immediately after the use.

Store items away from contamination – If items like towels, combs, brushes, linens, and other implements not in use, store them in a closed container or areas to avoid contamination.


These are some of the important infection control guidelines every barber and barbering student needs to learn to create a safe environment in the salon. Do you want to enroll in infection control training? Feel free to call us – International barber Institute – (631) 273-5755. We also offer master barber program which may interest you.