Your Guide to PPE and Hygiene Products You'll Need on Reopening - April 2021The government has released COVID-19 guidelines on the existing and new measures that should be in place when salons and barbers open and hair and beauty professionals go back to work. This represents Step 2 in the Covid-19 Road Map out of Lockdown.
The main points taken directly from the guidelines are as follows:
- 1. Complete a COVID-19 risk assessment Including consideration of the reasonable adjustments needed for staff and customers with disabilities. Share it with all your staff. Find out how to do a risk assessment.
- 2. Clean more often. Increase how often you clean surfaces, especially those that are being touched a lot. Ask your staff and your customers to use hand sanitiser and wash their hands frequently.
- 3. Remind your customers and staff to wear face coverings In any indoor space or where required to do so by law. That is especially important if your customers are likely to be around people they do not normally meet. Some exemptions apply. Check when to wear one, exemptions, and how to make your own.
- 4. Make sure everyone is social distancing Make it easy for everyone to do so by putting up signs or introducing a one way system that your customers can follow.
- 5. Provide adequate ventilation This means supplying fresh air to enclosed space where people are present. It can be natural ventilation through windows, doors and vents, mechanical ventilation using fans and ducts, or a combination of both. Read the HSE advice on air conditioning and ventilation.
- 6. Take part in NHS Test and Trace By keeping a record of all your customers, visitors and staff for 21 days. This is a legal requirement. Some exemptions apply. Check ‘Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace’ for details.
- 7. Turn people with coronavirus symptoms away. If a staff member (or someone in their household) or a customer has a persistent cough, a high temperature or has lost their sense of taste or smell, they should be isolating. Employers must not require someone who is being required to self-isolate to come to work. Any employer asking a worker to break self-isolation to work is committing an offence.
- 8. Consider the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus For yourself and others. The government has published guidance on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus (COVID-19).
5 more things to be aware of if your business provides close contact services:+ Wear a visor and mask Practitioners are advised to wear both a clear visor or goggles and a Type II face mask to keep their clients safe. Provide training on how to wear face masks safely. + Keep clients apart Consider how many people can be in the space while remaining socially distant. Rearrange waiting areas so that clients can stay apart. Use floor markings to manage queues. + Help your staff maintain social distancing Consider using barriers between workstations, introduce back-to-back or side-to-side working, and have staff work in the same team each day. + Communicate and train Consider using barriers between workstations, introduce back-to-back or side-to-side working, and have staff work in the same team each day. + Keep music and other background noise to a minimum To prevent people from speaking loudly or shouting.
Products to help you follow these guidelines:Here's a helpful list of the products you'll need to fulfill the asking requirements when you reopen your services to the public and provide close contact services (hairdressers, barbers, beauticians etc) based on those current guidelines (last updated 8th April 2021). (This is written based on the guidance for England only).
A: Clean surfaces and tools more often
Use medical-grade cleaning products either as a ready-made spray (or diluted in a spray bottle) along with wipes for quick and easy surface cleaning. We also have sanitisers for clippers, trimmers, scissors, combs and brushes available.
B: Staff Type 2 Face Mask and Clear Visor or Goggles
Everyone should be wearing face coverings in any indoor space such as a salon or barbers. And for your staff, this should take the form of a clear visor or goggles/spectacles and a Type II face mask: a medical face mask made up of a protective 3-ply construction that prevents large particles from reaching the client or working surfaces.
C: Use Floor Markings to Manage Queues
Make it easy for everyone to make space by putting up signs or introducing a one way system that your customers can follow.
D: Staff and Customers Should Use Hand Sanitiser and Wash Their Hands Frequently
Position them in easy to spot and use places and supply each staff member and station with their own bottle. Encourage everyone to use hand sanitiser on their arrival to the salon.
E: Disposables for each client including disposable/washed gowns, Face Coverings and PPE for Clients
By law businesses must remind people to wear face coverings where they are required so why not have a selection of disposable face masks just in case your client forgets theirs? And don't forget to use disposable gowns on each client. Where this is not possible, use separate gowns (and towels as usual) for each client, washing between use and disposing appropriately.
F: Use Disposable Materials Where Possible
As you can use and throw these away between clients, you can ensure that hygiene in your salon is kept to a high standard and your customers will feel more at ease.
G: Keeping Staff Safe
Here are some other products that will help keep your salon and everything in it as clean and safe as possible.