Hello, Malory here again. In this module, we’re going to learn more about germs and where they can be found lurking in your Nail Salon or Spa. I’ll show you how to stop them in their tracks and keep infections from becoming a problem in your professional beauty practice.
Germs Spread in Three Ways:
SURFACES e.g. work stations, treatment chairs, counters, etc.
TOOLS e.g. nippers, clippers, tweezers, callus removers, etc.
FOOT BATHS e.g. circulating (piped) and non-circulating (basins/bowls)
Not So Fun Fact
When your client is sick, they can make you sick as well.
Surface Disinfection After Each Client
Disinfect surfaces with a wipe or spray (remember wet or contact time)
• Change towels and/or linens
• Wash hands
• Change gloves
Tool and Implement Disinfection
Re-usable tools and implements require a higher level of disinfection
Accidental cuts and micro abrasions can lead to the spread of blood borne pathogens like HIV or Hepatitis B & C.
Never use the same tools on multiple clients without first cleaning and disinfecting them.
Lay out the tools you will be using
Prep your work station with clean towel
Consult client regarding any visible skin issues or health concerns
Practice “aseptic procedures” or preventing cross-contamination during handling of tools and client interaction.
Forgot something? Remove gloves, sanitize hands, get item, re-sanitize hands and re-apply gloves.
• Clean and disinfect all surfaces
• Discard all one time use or disposal items
• Set aside tools for cleaning and disinfection
• Discard gloves and wash hands
Two Types of Foot Baths
Non-Circulating Foot Baths (also known as basins and bowls)
Circulating Foot Baths (also known as piped foot baths)
Circulating Foot Baths
Internal pipes can lead to biofilm build-up.
Additional disinfecting measures are required to combat the potential spread of pathogens, including foot fungus.
Non-Circulating Foot Baths
Drain water and treat like surface disinfection. Leave wet for contact time as indicated on disinfectant label.
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Microorganisms in foot spas can enter through skin cuts and abrasions. Your clients should not use a foot bath with bug bites, scratches, cuts, scabs, allergic reactions or if they've shaved, use hair removal products within the last 24 hours.
Engage with your client if you notice any special foot care concerns
You may refuse service or advise on other treatments to deal with foot fungus or other skin issues prior to a foot bath treatment.
Special Client Needs
Be aware that certain health conditions require extra attention.
Diabetes is one example that may need special care and gentle treatment.
Get to know your client
Ok, now we’re going to ask you 5 questions to see how well you remembered what your just learned. Your score will not be saved and you don’t need any minimum to pass—however, only the right answer unlocks the “next" button. At the conclusion of the quiz, you can proceed to the next module.
What are the three areas of germ transmission in a typical nail salon?
Sneezing, coughing and shaking hands
Surfaces, Tools and Foot Baths
Cell Phone, WiFi and Microwaves
Certainly a way to catch a virus like a cold or flu, but not what we’re looking for.
Time to get out the tin foil hat...
Why do tools require a higher level of disinfection?
Because they get dirty after coming in contact with multiple clients
Because no one likes working with a dirty tool!
Because their use sometimes results in cuts and micro-abrasions.
NO, NO, NO, they must NEVER be re-used without first being disinfected.
True, but um..., er, let’s just say yes and no.
Which means they come in contact with blood-borne diseases. Correct.
What are “aseptic procedures”?
Sometimes having to flush the toilet twice.
Saying “no” when someone wants to borrow your tools.
Preventing cross-contamination when handling of tools during client interaction.
Ew, that’s just gross...
Nope, if your tools are disinfected, there’s no reason you can’t share them.
Exactly, always be thinking about the transmission of germs.
Name two types of foot baths?
Circulating and Non-circulating.
Foot baths made for right feet and left feet.
Occupied and unoccupied. One is making money, the other is not.
Correct, circulating foot baths MUST be disinfected differently to get rid of biofilm.
No, feet are feet, we don’t discriminate.
Yes true, but that doesn’t make them any different for disinfecting.
Why are client consultations important?
Results in better tips.
Helps you understand any special treatment needs or concerns.
How else are you going to find out about what their children are doing?
It may but that’s not why you should do them.
That’s right better to know before than to be surprised.
No, sadly they’ll likely tell you anyways...
SALON DISINFECTANTS | PART 2: GERMS IN SALONS AND SPAS
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