Protocols for salons and barber shops
Members of the public are asked to take note of the following protocols which are to be in place for the operation of hair and salons and barber salons from Monday, May 18, 2020.
This document outlines the strategies for the safe management and operation of hairdressing salons in the context of the COVID-19 crisis.
For the purpose of this protocol, the word hairdresser includes barber, ladies’ hairdresser, beautician, manicurist, pedicurist or any other person whose service is available to the public in a hairdressing salon.
The Health Services Act CAP.44 (Hairdressers) Regulations 1970 makes provision for the safe operation of Hairdresser Salons. The following protocols build on these regulations making provision for additional guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Note: These guidelines are subject to change, as more information on the virus becomes known.
The owner or operator (Service provider) of a hairdressing salon shall be responsible for the strict implementation of these protocols.
It is important to ensure that persons who are working in the salon are healthy.
Service providers must stay at home if they have possible symptoms.
Any service provider who is identified as having symptoms must contact the Ministry of Health and Wellness Hotline at 536-4500.
Any employee experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath or loss of the sense of taste or smell, must be excluded from the establishment immediately, and sanitation operating procedures (SSOPs) need to be followed strictly.
any service provider absent from work due to suspected COVID-19 symptoms Shall Not return to work unless certified by a Medical Officer of Health.
Upon entering the workplace, all persons’ hands must be washed or sanitized.
While in the salon, all persons must wear a face mask.
All service providers must wear a face shield when servicing clients.
No person shall receive service unless wearing a face mask.
Service providers must wash hands with soap and water according to the handwashing protocol for 20 seconds at the commencement of work.
Salon/shop owner or managers should provide training, educational materials, and reinforcement on proper sanitation, hand-washing, cough and sneeze etiquette, using personal protective equipment (PPE), and other protective behaviours.
It is recommended that service providers wear disposable gloves when servicing clients, and change gloves between each client.
Cleaning and Sanitizing
The most effective practices in preventing the spread of COVID-19 are the washing of hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, or the use of hand sanitizer for 20 seconds, rubbing both hands with sanitizer frequently, while at work and home.
ADMINISTRATIVE CONTROLS FOR BARBER AND COSMETOLOGY SALONS
Administrative Controls for Barber and Cosmetology Salons
Process for Taking Appointments with Customers
Each client should be draped with a clean cape. Capes should be laundered following the fabric recommendations between each client. Salons/shops may consider using disposable capes and dispose of the cape after it is used.
Employees should change clothes before entering their homes when they return from work.
Employees should wear a clean smock between each client.
Smocks should be laundered according to the fabric recommendations between each client. Salons/shops may consider using disposable smocks and dispose of the smock after use on a client.
PPE, such as gloves, gowns, drapes, linens and eye coverings, should be changed between each client. These used items should be cleaned and disinfected or discarded in a closed container.
Employees should use protective neck strips around the neck of each client receiving a haircut.
PROTOCOLS FOR DISINFECTION
• All salons/shops should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected prior to reopening. Disinfect all surfaces, tools, and linens, even if they were cleaned before the salon/shop was closed during the lockdown.
• Use disinfectants that are approved and labelled as bactericidal, virucidal and fungicidal. No product has been labelled for COVID-19 as yet, but many will have human coronavirus efficacy either on the label or available on their website.
• Disinfectant for immersion of tools must be mixed daily and replaced sooner if it becomes contaminated throughout the work day. Disinfectant only works on a clean surface. Before disinfecting, clean all surfaces and tools with hot soapy water, chemical cleaners (e.g. Ship-Shape) or cleaning wipes. If using wipes, be sure to cover surface thoroughly.
• Contact time on the label must be observed for disinfectant to work. Contact time refers to the length of time the disinfectant is visibly wet on the surface, allowing it to thoroughly destroy all of the pathogens. Typical contact time for immersion/sprays is 10 minutes, for disinfectant wipes it is two (2) to four (4) minutes.
• Disinfectant used for immersion must be changed daily or sooner if it becomes contaminated (e.g. hair/debris floating in solution or cloudy solution).
• Disinfection is for hard non-porous surfaces, glass, metal, and plastic.
• Porous/soft surfaces cannot be disinfected and must only be used once and then discarded (tools such as cardboard files, buffers, drill bits, etc.).
• Launder all linens, towels, drapes, and smocks in hot soapy water and dry completely at the warmest temperature allowed and store in an airtight cabinet. Store all used/dirty linens in an airtight container.
• Place a clean towel over the face of your client while at the sink in a good way to protect their mouth, nose and eyes. Minimize to the greatest degree possible, up-close, direct face-to-face contact with clients. Clients may be advised to walk with their own towel if they prefer, for this purpose.
PROTOCOLS FOR RECEPTION
Clean and disinfect all retail areas, daily, including products. Try to avoid clients touching products that they don’t plan to purchase.
Clean and wipe all door handles and other surfaces that are regularly touched by clients and staff with disinfectant wipes.
Provide hand sanitizer and tissues for employees and clients. Consider floor stickers and signage that provide guidance for social distance.
Placement of visible and appropriate signage to communicate to the customer that thorough sanitation procedures are in place.
PROTOCOLS FOR RESTROOMS
Clean and disinfect ALL restroom surfaces, including floors, sinks and toilet bowls. Store paper products in a closed cabinet and provide antibacterial hand soap.
Place trashcan by door. Remove anything that does not have to be in the restrooms.
PROTOCOLS FOR WORK STATIONS
Clean and disinfect all work area surfaces including electrical appliances (do not forget the cords)
Clean and disinfect chairs, head rest, arm rests (the use of harsh disinfectants can damage leather chairs, and cloth chairs cannot be disinfected, so please use a plastic covering).
Clean and disinfect all reusable tools and store in an airtight closed container.
Clean and disinfect all appliances, sheers, clippers, clipper guards, clips, rollers, combs, brushes, rolling carts and any other items used in connection with servicing clients.
Check to make sure all products such as lotions, creams, waxes and scrubs have always been in a closed container, if not you must discard and replace.
Empty all wax pots and disinfect before refilling them with new wax. Purchase new single use applicators that can be disposed of in an airtight trash bin. The airtight trash bin should have a lid and should be lined with a disposable plastic bag.
Remove and discard all single use tools, such as paper files, drill bits and buffers, that have already been used.
Clean and disinfect all linen hampers and trash containers and only use such containers that can be closed and use with liners that can be removed and discarded.
Provide hand sanitizer at all work locations for employees and clients. Consider station barriers between work stations.
Part Two – Protocols for Shampoo Bowls
If available, wrap shampoo bowls in plastic and discard between each client.
Clean and disinfect all bowls, hoses, spray nozzles, foist handles, shampoo chairs, sinks, and arm rests. Wipe down all back-bar products and shelves. Discard and replace any products that have not been stored in a closed container.
Consider asking clients to wash their own hair before entering the salon/shop.
Limit as much as possible, face-to-face contact with clients, and consider using face-shields by those employees providing shampoo services.
Clean all removed parts with soap and water, rinse in clear water and then immerse into properly diluted disinfectant for full recommended contact time.
Remove all parts that can be removed.
Fill bowl again with clean water and proper amount of disinfectant and let stand for proper time (at least 10 minutes).
Protocols for Pedicure Bowls
Rinse bowl with clean water.
If your bowl has jets, allow the jets to run for a full 10 minutes with disinfectant.
Clean and disinfect all linens and store in a closed container/cabinet.
Source: Barbados Government Information Service.
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