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Health & Safety Overview

GENERAL BARBERSHOP HEALTH & SAFETY RULES

 

General rules are in place to ensure that you create a safe environment

and project a professional image to clients.

  • Always wear gloves when shaving

  • Clean and sterilise your tools and equipment between every client

  • Keep the barbershop clean and tidy

  • Don’t leave wires trailing

  • Sweep up all hair after each client

  • Wear correct and adequate personal protective equipment

  • Maintain a high standard of personal hygiene

  • Wash hands regularly

  • Keep nails tidy

  • Keep breath fresh

  • Cover cuts or open wounds

  • Do not wear dangling jewellery

  • First aid box should be suitably stocked and in a properly identified container

  • Used blades must be disposed of in a suitable sharps contain out of the reach of clients and children

  • Wash towels after every use to prevent cross contaminations between customers

  • You are not a doctor. ALWAYS  refer your client to the Gp if you suspect any abnormalities.

CONSULTATION

A consultation is a MUST before you start ANY service! It is a verbal agreement between yourself and your client. You must use this time to ensure you know exactly what your client wants and explain to them anything that may affect the finished result that they expect. During the consultation you should ask open questions to ensure that you get the most information you can. This can help with finding out previous illness or medications currently used and will also help you to be able to suggest better styles that may suit them.

PROTECT YOUR CUSTOMER

When providing any treatment for your client make sure they are protected.

use a clean gown to protect their clothing.

Neck strips and tissues are also commonly used to prevent cross contamination between your client and the gown / Cape. When cutting facial hair protect their eyes with cotton wool pads or eye defenders.

ONE MAN ONE BLADE

It is so important to always use one blade per client regardless of how much or how little you use the blade. Always discard the finished blade after use. This is not only for your client’s health and hygiene but also required by law.

You must always dispose of your blades in a properly labelled sharps box and disinfect the razor after use. Make sure this is out of the reach of clients and children. It is good practice to replace a new blade on in front of your client so they too can be confident and assured that you are following good health and safety.

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL AUTHORITIES REGARDING THE CORRECT SHARPS BOX DISPOSAL PROCEDURE.

GLOVES

It is recommended that you always wear gloves when using an open razor. This protects yourself and your client. If you wear gloves from the beginning then it will become natural for you to work with gloves on and will not create any problems.

ELECTRICAL EQUIPTMENT

All electrical equipment including clippers and hairdryers should be PAT tested every year to make sure they conform with safety standards.