Hand washing is an essential part of infection prevention. It is essential to use a liquid soap with an antibacterial action and hot running water in a sink with an arm bar or that is peddle controlled. Hands should be dried thoroughly using disposable paper towels.
NHS recommended hand washing technique
Hands should be washed;
- Before and after treatment
- When hands are contaminated with blood or other bodily fluids
- After removing gloves
- After visiting the toilet
- Before and after handling food and drink
- After smoking, although this should not be allowed during a micropigmentation treatment as the risk of bacteria transfer is great.
PPE or Personal Protective Clothing
In order to protect the technician from blood borne viruses or BBV’s and disease, it is essential that personal protective clothing is worn.
- Surgical gloves are essential protection, they also serve to protect the client from any microorganisms harbored on the hands of the technician. Gloves should always be changed if punctured at any time during the procedure and should never be regarded as a substitute for handwashing. Hands should be washed after glove removal and domestically style gloves should be worn during equipment cleaning. During clean down after a client has been treated a clean pair of gloves should be used.
- Disposable plastic aprons should be worn over clean, washable clothing and should be disposed of between clients.
- Face masks and splash proof eye protection should always be worn during procedures.
- Additional PPE should be supplied to the client and worn where possible.
For all further information regarding health and safety including example risk assessments and policies, please visit: https://www.hse.gov.uk/search/search-results.htm?gsc.q=beauty%20salon#gsc.tab=0&gsc.q=beauty%20salon&gsc.page=1
The risk of infection transmission can be minimised by ensuring:
- Good personal hygiene of the practitioners
- Correct cleaning and sterilization or disposal of instruments, materials, and equipment processes in place.
To ensure safe treatment at your clinic;
- Ensure that all three types of waste materials are disposed of correctly; general- in a sealed bin. Clinical- in a bin specifically for clinical waste which is collected by a specialist firm and are contained in a bin operated by a foot pedal. Sharps- which are to be disposed of in a sharps bin and the bin disposed of in accordance with health and safety regulations.
- Ensure soiled and clean materials are kept apart on your treatment trolley or table.
- Display information posters prominently to remind your staff of the health and safety regulations that they need to adhere to.
- Do not allow smoking in or around your clinic.