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.