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Some salon activities pose risks to the health and safety of clients and staff. Salons establish policies to address and minimize these risks. Clearly defined health and safety policies that are consistently practiced help alleviate concerns.
Common health policies in a salon include proper sterilization techniques for hair cutting and styling tools, safe disposal of needles used for piercing procedures, and regular cleaning and disinfecting of the salon. Policies also typically cover infection control for head lice and other infectious diseases of the skin and hair.
Salon safety policies typically include routine inspections of tanning beds and electrical equipment. Pregnant women are generally prohibited from using certain hair dyes or having certain salon procedures. It's also important for a salon to have a safety policy that addresses issues with cuts to the skin from scissors or blades.
Proper management of risk helps not only to protect clients and staff from accidents, illness and infection, but also to protect a salon's ownership and management from litigation and complaints to workplace safety agencies. Safe, health-conscious salons benefit all stakeholders.
Karenna Cochrane has been writing professionally since 2005, specializing in home-and-garden topics such as interior design and home improvement. She has published work online and in print for national organizations.