Not only in medical and dental offices, but also in beauty salons, apart from the professionalism of the services provided, the safety of the patient or client is extremely important. What should you pay attention to in order to provide it?
In places such as beauty salons, tattoo or piercing salons, customer safety must always come first. Especially now, during the coronavirus pandemic, close attention is paid to issues such as disinfection of the place where the service is performed, sterility of tools or personal protective equipment used by a beautician. However, transforming a beauty salon to meet safety standards should not only be a response to the current need for COVID-19. It is worth looking at it as an investment in the future and increasing the level of trust in the salon.
Why is safety in the salon important? Dangers in a beauty salon.
Particular safety measures, e.g. in a dentist's office, are essential. However, it should also be obvious to maintain similar standards in a beauty salon. Many cosmetic procedures are associated with the possibility of breaking the continuity of the epidermis - and this exposes us to infection with various pathogenic microorganisms. Among them there are such microorganisms as:
- hepatitis B (HBV),
- hepatitis C (HCV),
- HPV human papillomavirus,
- Staphylococcus aureus,
- species of fungi causing mycoses.
The HIV virus, the human immunodeficiency virus, destroys the human immune system. As a result, as the disease progresses, the body cannot cope with even potentially minor infections. HIV is transmitted through the blood, sexually and perinatally. There are 37.9 million people living with HIV / AIDS in the world. According to data from Public Health England from 2018, in the UK, 101,600 people were infected with HIV; 4363 new infections were recorded.
Hepatitis B is the most common viral liver disease. The virus is transmitted through the blood, sexually and by the perinatal route. It is much more contagious than HIV. The disease may or may not have clinical symptoms - some patients undergo inflammation asymptomatically. HBV virus is not easy to eliminate - it does not die at the boiling point of water, sterilization with dry hot air is also ineffective in its case. To make sure that instruments that have come into contact with blood are safe to use again, steam-pressure sterilization - that is, autoclaving - is essential. According to estimates, 0.1% to 0.5% of the UK population is infected with HBV. It is believed that such a low percentage is the result of the implementation of safety rules for reusable items (including syringe needles) as part of AIDS prevention.
HCV viral hepatitis is more insidious than the other types of viral hepatitis, as only 5-10% of patients develop the acute phase of the disease. Therefore, the diagnosis in many patients is late, when liver lesions appear as a result of the chronic form of hepatitis C. The path of HCV infection is tissue continuity disruption. It is estimated that HCV infections in the world concern about 65-85 million people. Based on seroprevalence studies, it is estimated that 0.5 to 1% of the population is infected with HCV in the UK. As with HIV infection, HCV prevalence tends to be higher in large cities or other densely populated regions.
The human papillomavirus HPV causes various diseases, including cancers - mainly cervical cancer, but also vaginal, vulva, anus, rarely of the tongue and throat. The infection is most often sexually transmitted, but it is also possible to become infected by using the same personal hygiene items as the virus carrier (e.g. towels, underwear).
Viral diseases, but also bacterial (caused by streptococci or staphylococci, including the dangerous staphylococcus aureus) and fungal diseases are not a threat in a salon that cares about the safety of the client. An additional motivation for the implementation of such safety measures in a beauty salon is the coronavirus pandemic, associated with the need to sterilize and disinfect used tools and surfaces, and to protect against viruses transmitted by droplets. Beauty salons must follow the guidelines of the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport in this regard.
The most important safety measures in a beauty salon
Autoclave - that is sterilization
Sterilization is a process in which all forms of microorganisms are destroyed, both vegetative and spore forms (bacterial spores). All tools and metal elements that come into contact with blood and purulent secretions must be sterilized, e.g. pliers or hooves used during manicures and pedicures.
Sterilization in a beauty salon should be done in a cosmetic autoclave. It is a sterilizer in the form of a hermetically sealed chamber, using steam under pressure for sterilization. Follow the sequence indicated in the sterilization sequence: pre-disinfection, washing, disinfection and finally sterilization in an autoclave. The autoclave must be a class B device, approved for medical use, which is confirmed by the CE certificate. In addition, it must meet the requirements of the ISO 13060 directive, dedicated to autoclaves used in such places.
Disinfection is the process of destroying the vegetative forms of microorganisms. All tools and accessories that do not require sterilization should be disinfected, as well as other surfaces and elements frequently touched by staff and customers, such as door handles, tables, handles, buttons, switches, chair backs, etc. Coronavirus dies in contact with detergents and alcohol (min. 60%).
Internet or phone bookings were introduced as an obligation when the restrictions were relaxed after the spring lockdown. However, they also turned out to be a convenient way of booking a visit to the salon - faster, effective, and in the case of online booking - not even requiring telephone contact and possible to do at any time.
Communication between the salon and the client
It is worth emphasizing that you are a safe salon - especially in social media and on the websites of beauty facilities. This method is an excellent method of contacting clients and showing them your possibilities. In addition to the immortalized results of treatments, used products, etc., it is also worth including information "behind the scene" about safety in the salon. What's more - it is worth guiding the client to your salon, declaring it safe. Each store that buys an Enbio autoclave and registers the device will be placed on the Enbio secure map, which is a great guide for customers looking for places where safety is particularly important.
Personal protective equipment
During the pandemic, personal protective equipment against airborne contamination became mandatory. The beautician must wear a mask or visor and gloves. The client is also obliged to wear the mask, except for treatments where wearing it is not possible.
The Enbio S autoclave - designed with your salon in mind
The autoclave has become an indispensable piece of equipment for a beauty salon. In this type of place, it is worth ensuring that it is a device of the highest class (i.e. class B), but also neat, constituting an element of the decor. Enbio S is an autoclave ideal for a beauty salon - even a small one, because its dimensions are compact and the possibilities - huge! What characterizes Enbio S?
- Has a CE certificate,
- Speed of sterilization - Enbio S is the fastest sterilizer on the market, allowing sterilization up to 7 minutes for unwrapped instruments and 15–30 minutes for wrapped instruments;
- Recording of data on sterilization processes on a USB drive - it facilitates archiving and storing reports;
- Quick and intuitive operation - no need to log in or program - just select the program and temperature and press "start";
- Quiet operation - the Enbio S autoclave generates a sound with an intensity of only 32 dB, which allows for comfortable work;
- Dimensions - Enbio S is the smallest autoclave on the market, measuring 25 cm x 16 cm x 56 cm;
- Modern design - a cosmetic autoclave with an interesting design, interesting color and shapely form proves the modernity and professionalism of the salon;
- Warranty - the purchase of Enbio S guarantees uninterrupted operation, even in the event of a failure of the device during the warranty period of two years - the door-to-door warranty ensures that you will receive a replacement device for the time of repair or a completely new autoclave.
What additional elements will help us develop our business?
A pandemic doesn't have to be a stagnant period for a salon. The fact is, however, that it is worth taking care of the elements that will allow you to reach the customer. Social media is the leader here - a presence on Facebook is a must, and it is worth not to let the profile be "dead". Also take care of loyalty programs and promotions for treatments (announced on the company's website and social profiles), presence on booking websites and cooperation with influencers. All this combined with the modern interior of the salon and attention to safety will ensure you loyal customers!