When it comes to the Beauty, Health and skincare industry, stringent hygiene is nothing new. This is one of the main reasons why it is so important to get the proper training when wanting to work within the industry. For clients and personal safety included. Covid-19 has established that policies and procedures are a massive need, and has made industry specialists even more aware of the protocols that should have been in place already. And to add the new ones that have been instilled since COVID-19 hit our global community.
There are many viruses and bacteria that can be contracted whilst having or performing treatments, which that is why microbiology knowledge with hygiene and sterilization as a top priority when it comes to working and studying in this industry.
What is COVID -19 / Corona Virus?
“Coronavirus disease (COVID 19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.”…
“The COVID- 19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette ( for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).”
- World Health Organization (WHO)
This virus has been named for the crown of protein spikes covering the outer membrane surface. These proteins are used to hack their way into the host’s cells. The protein spikes are also believed to be what sets this virus apart from all other viruses and makes it so highly contagious.
What does this mean for the industry?
This means that because this virus is so highly contagious, we will be taking extra pre-cautions to prevent this virus from spreading within our environment.
- Wearing extra protective gear.
- Booking out extra time in between treatments to completely sanitize everything that has been touched, and making sure the air is clear at all times.
- Doing as much as we can online (For example, doing virtual consultations and skin analysis, online courses for students – as far as possible and buying good homecare).
What are the measures salons and spa’s need to take?
- Avoid over booking clients;
- Do as much as they can over the phone or use video calling;
- Wear protective gear such as masks/face shields and gloves;
- Have protective/sterilizing equipment for example UV cabinets and counter protectors;
- Have sanitizers available in each room, at the entrance and reception;
- Not offering clients any refreshments except water when necessary in a disposable cup;
- Stay clear from clutter;
- Avoid sweets, treats or magazines for clients;
- Ask all the necessary questions before having a client come in for a treatment such as:
“ have you had any flu-like symptoms recently?”
“ Do you have a fever?”
“ Have you been tested for the new COVID-19?”
“ Have you travelled anywhere within the last 2 weeks?”
“ Have you been in contact with anyone that has tested positive for the virus?”
“ What kind of job do you do?”
– This is not to say that you will not be able to have the treatment done. It is creating an awareness of any potential risks and to establish if you should either reschedule the treatment or see if there are any alternative ways to satisfy your client’s needs should the treatment not be an option at that given time.
How will your business be affected?
It’s “Business as Unusual”, however, it can be done!
Having been on lockdown, the industry inevitably is taking a tough economic knock, as salons and spas only receive income when they have clients. Spending additional monies on protective equipment and sanitizers will cost the business, but everyone’s safety can’t be measure in monetary value. As long as we get to work, we are HAPPY .
What can I do to make sure I am protected when going in for a treatment?
It is important to take note of all the instructions and diligently answer all questions asked when making your booking.
If you are still concerned about your safety after making your booking, ask questions such as:
“What protective measures will be taken when I arrive for my treatment?”
“Do I need to wear my own mask in the salon?”
“How will I be protected during my facial/makeup/nail application/treatment?”
Don’t hesitate to ask all questions you possibly need to put your mind at ease.
Please ensure you follow all instructions given by the receptionist/therapist to ensure your own safety and the safety of the people around you.
Please also note that in this industry we are very aware of how diseases, viruses and bacteria are spread and will always take the necessary measures to make sure you are comfortable. This information is here to put you at ease and not cause any panic.
Blog written by Roxanne Laher
Beauty Therapy Institute Windhoek.
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