The UK government has recently released official safety guidelines for close contact beauty businesses. The guide has been created to help support your business whilst you prepare to re-open. In England, only hairdressers and barbers are permitted to re-open on July 4th with other beauty services to remain closed until further notice. We hope that you won’t have to wait too long!
In the meantime, we’ve created a round-up of the guidelines created by the government, you can view the official report here.
Do I Need To Conduct A Risk Assessment?
Before re-opening, carrying out a risk assessment is vital. “Failure to complete a risk assessment which takes account of Covid-19, or completing a risk assessment but failing to put in place sufficient measures to manage the risk of Covid-19, could constitute a breach of health and safety law,” it states in the guidelines. It is also required that you share the results of your risk assessment with your staff as well as publishing on your websites for clients to view.
To minimise risk these are some factors to consider:
- Ensure both staff and clients who feel unwell stay at home and do not enter the premise. A quick phone call to each client before their appointment will confirm they are well and safe to attend. Use signage and visual aids to help enforce this.
- Increase the frequency of handwashing and cleaning of surfaces and equipment. Ensure each client sanitises their hands before any treatment.
- When treating clients, it often may not be possible to maintain social distancing guidelines. As a result, PPE in the form of a visor will be required to minimise the risk. Further actions include:
- Keeping the treatment time as short as possible.
- Using screens or barriers to separate clients from one another.
- Using back-to-back or side-to-side working (rather than face-to-face) whenever possible.
How Can I Maintain Social Distancing?
The government report states- “ensure workers maintain social distancing guidelines wherever possible, including while arriving at and departing from work and while in work”.
“In workplaces such as hairdressers and barbers, beauty salons and tattoo and photoshoot studios, it is likely to be difficult to maintain social distancing, as employees need to work in close proximity to their clients, usually for an extended period of time”.
There are a few things you can do to help maintain these measures but of course, this sometimes isn’t possible.
- Stagger arrival and departure times to reduce crowding in and out of the premises.
- Reduce congestion by having more entry points to the workplace, where possible.
- Provide hand washing facilities (or hand sanitiser where not possible) at entry and exit points.
- Provide floor markings and signage to remind clients to maintain social distancing wherever possible.
- Avoid overrunning or overlapping appointments.
- Use disposable items where possible and ensuring non-disposable items are cleaned between clients.
- Install screens to protect staff in receptions or similar areas.
- Social distancing applies to all parts of your business, not just the treatment room, but waiting rooms, corridors and staircases too.
What PPE do I need to wear?
As mentioned above, due to the nature of your business, keeping your distance just isn’t always an option when treating clients.
“The person providing a service should therefore wear further protection in addition to any that they might usually wear. This should take the form of a clear visor that covers the face and provides a barrier between the wearer and the client from respiratory droplets caused by sneezing, coughing or speaking. Visors must fit the user and be worn properly. It should cover the forehead, extend below the chin, and wrap around the side of the face.”
- Either a disposable and re-usable visors are suitable to use. A re-usable visor must be cleaned and sanitised regularly using normal cleaning products.
- There is no requirement for the client to wear any additional protection such as a mask or face covering.
These guidelines are due to be updated further once the announcement for other close contact services, such as aesthetics, have been permitted to re-open. You can also read our Coronavirus Support Guide for more useful information.