Sanitation Health & Safety
Although many consumers do not think that health and safety issues are serious considerations when getting a facial, body wrap, waxing or having their nails done, most beauty treatments involve actions that can be dangerous, if not performed by properly trained and licensed personnel. Bacterial infections, transmission of diseases, adverse reactions to substances and other physical injuries can all be the result of improperly performed treatments.
Properly disinfecting combs, brushes, electric razors and manicure tools is important to prevent the spread of lice and infections like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, commonly known as MRSA.
There are five different designations for beauty specialists:
- Cosmetologist - Provide personal care services that include caring for people's hair, skin and nails.
- Esthetician - Perform cosmetic skin treatment, such as facials, superficial chemical peels, body treatment and waxing
- Nail Specialist - Provides manicures, pedicures, nail shaping, cuticle grooming, callus removal, synthetic nail treatments, and application of nail polish for clients.
- Natural Hair Styling Specialist - Specializes in caring for natural hair without the use of chemicals such as perms/relaxers and hair color.
- Waxing Specialist - Specializes in full body waxing using different types of wax and in-house techniques.
It is important to note a number of safety guidelines that all practitioners should be following:
- The facility where any service is being offered should be clean, in good repair and free from dangerous conditions or hazards.
- Sufficient space with good lighting should be provided to ensure the safety and health of the client.
- Hot and cold running water, toilet facilities, and covered containers for paper and waste should be provided.
- Regulations require that a provider follow infection control procedures that protect the provider and the client. Hand washing is required before service.
- Tables and beds used for personal services should be cleaned than sanitized between each client.
- Disposable items/single-use items such as paper products, cotton, sponge applicators, manicuring and waxing instruments and other instruments that cannot be disinfected should not be discarded after every use.
- Gloves should be worn by operators performing waxing or extractions.
- Other tools used to provide services should be cleaned, then disinfected after each client, using an approved disinfectant. These tools include but are not limited to scissors, razors, clippers, combs, brushes, capes and bowls.
The client should be able to observe the technician performing these duties between client services. Your technician may meet these requirements by providing a kit for each client and/or disposing of single-use items after each client.
Contact the Environmental Health Department at (649) 338-2143.