Safety Standards and Checklist: Hair Salons and Barbershops

Below are mandatory safety standards and recommended best practices for hair salons and barbershops, and a COVID-19 checklist.

Social Distancing

  • Arrange chairs so work areas are spaced out at least 6 feet apart
  • Install visual markers to encourage customers to remain at least 6 feet apart
  • Stagger lunch and break times, regulate the maximum number of people in one place and ensure at least 6 feet of physical distancing
  • Close or reconfigure worker common spaces and high density areas of facilities where workers are likely to congregate (e.g., break rooms, eating areas) to allow 6 feet of physical distancing
  • Require face coverings for all customers and workers, except where an individual is unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition or disability
  • Require workers to wear gloves, gowns or smocks, and prescription glasses, safety glasses or goggles

Recommended best practices

  • Improve ventilation for enclosed spaces where possible (e.g., open doors and windows)
  • Install physical partitions between workstations where feasible (must be taller than a standing worker)
  • Contactless payment methods are encouraged

Hygiene Protocols

  • Ensure access to handwashing facilities on site, including soap and running water, and allow sufficient break time for workers to wash hands frequently; alcohol-based hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol may be used as an alternative
  • Supply workers at workplace location with adequate cleaning products (e.g., sanitizer, disinfecting wipes)
  • Require glove changes and handwashing before and after each customer
  • Do not permit sharing of tools and supplies between workers (shears, combs, brushes, etc.)
  • Use clean capes for each customer
  • Workers should change into a clean smock or gown between each client. Consider using disposable capes and smocks.  Reusable capes, towels, gowns should be laundered between each use.
  • Disinfect all tools between customers
  • Post visible signage throughout the site to remind workers and clients on hygiene and safety protocols

Staffing and Operations

  • Limit service to hair services only (haircuts, color, blow drying and treatments). Non-hair services are not permitted (eyebrows, beard trimming, lip waxing, manicures, etc.)
  • Provide training to workers on safety standards, up-to-date safety information and
  • precautions including hygiene and other measures aimed at reducing disease transmission
  • Adjust workplace hours and shifts (working teams with different schedules or staggered arrival / departure) to minimize contact across workers and reduce congestion
  • Close waiting areas and ask customers to wait outside or in cars until it is time for their appointment
  • Require customers to make an appointment in advance to receive service
  • Maintain a log of workers and customers to support contact tracing (name, date, time, contact information) if needed
  • Remove non-essential amenities (magazines, customer-facing water or coffee, coat rooms etc.)
  • All workers must stay home if feeling ill.
  • If the employer is notified of a positive case at the workplace, the employer shall notify the Local Board of Health (LBOH) and work with them to trace likely contacts in the workplace and advise workers to isolate and self-quarantine. Testing of other workers may be recommended consistent with guidance and / or at the request of the LBOH.
  • Post notice to workers and customers of important health information and relevant safety measures as outlined in government guidelines.

Recommended best practices

  • Workers who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 according to the Centers for Disease Control (e.g., due to age or underlying conditions) are encouraged to stay home
  • Encourage workers to self-identify symptoms or any close contact to a known or suspected COVID-19 case to the employer
  • Encourage workers who test positive for COVID-19 to disclose to the employer for purposes of cleaning / disinfecting and contact tracing

Cleaning and Disinfecting

  • Conduct frequent cleaning and disinfection of site (at least daily, and more frequently if feasible)
  • Keep cleaning logs that include date, time, and scope of cleaning
  • Conduct frequent disinfecting of heavy transit areas and high-touch surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, rolling carts, bathrooms)
  • In event of a positive case, shut down site for a deep cleaning and disinfecting of the workplace in accordance with current CDC guidance
  • Disinfect tools between customers (e.g., shampoo bowls, chairs and headrests, shears, combs, brushes, razors, styling tools)

Checklist

SOCIAL DISTANCING

Ensure >6ft  between individuals

☐ Arrange chairs so work areas are spaced out at least 6 feet apart

☐ Install visual markers to encourage customers to remain at least 6 feet apart

☐ Improve ventilation for enclosed spaces where possible (e.g., open doors and windows)

☐ Stagger lunch and break times, regulate the maximum number of people in one place and ensure at least 6 feet of physical distancing

☐ Close or reconfigure worker common spaces and high density areas of facilities where workers are likely to congregate (e.g., break rooms, eating areas) to allow 6 feet of physical distancing

☐ Require face coverings for all customers and workers, except where an individual is unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition or disability

☐ Require workers to wear gloves, gowns or smocks, and prescription glasses, safety glasses or goggles

☐ Install physical partitions between workstations where feasible

☐ Contactless payment methods are encouraged

HYGIENE PROTOCOLS

Apply robust hygiene protocols

☐ Ensure access to handwashing facilities on site, including soap and running water, and allow sufficient break time for workers to wash hands frequently; alcohol-based hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol may be used as an alternative

☐ Supply workers at workplace location with adequate cleaning products (e.g., sanitizer, disinfecting wipes)

☐ Require glove changes and handwashing before and after each customer

☐ Do not permit sharing of tools and supplies between workers (shears, combs, brushes, etc.)

☐ Use clean capes for each customer

☐ Workers should change into a clean smock or gown between each client. Consider using disposable capes and smocks.  Reusable capes, towels, gowns should be laundered between each use.

☐ Disinfect all tools between customers

☐ Post visible signage throughout the site to remind workers and clients on hygiene and safety protocols

STAFFING & OPERATIONS

Include safety procedures in the operations

☐ Limit service to hair services only (haircuts, color, blow drying and treatments). Non-hair services are not permitted (eyebrows, beard trimming, lip waxing, manicures, etc.)

☐ Provide training to workers on safety standards, up-to-date safety information and precautions including hygiene and other safety measures

☐ Adjust workplace hours and shifts (working teams with different schedules or staggered arrival / departure) to minimize contact across workers and reduce congestion

☐ Close waiting areas and ask customers to wait outside or in cars until it is time for their appointment

☐ Require customers to make an appointment in advance to receive service

☐ Maintain a log of workers and customers to support contact tracing (name, date, time, contact information) if needed

☐ Remove non-essential amenities (magazines, customer-facing water or coffee, coat rooms etc.)

☐ All workers must stay home if feeling ill

☐ Workers who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 according to the Centers for Disease Control (e.g., due to age or underlying conditions) are encouraged to stay home

☐ Encourage workers to self-identify symptoms or any close contact to a known or suspected COVID-19 case to the employer

☐ Encourage workers who test positive for COVID-19 to disclose to the workplace employer for purposes of cleaning / disinfecting and contact tracing. If the employer is notified of a positive case at the workplace, the employer shall notify the Local Board of Health (LBOH) in the city or town where the workplace is located and work with them to trace likely contacts in the workplace and advise workers to isolate and self-quarantine. Testing of other workers may be recommended consistent with guidance and / or at the request of the LBOH

☐ Post notice to workers and customers of important health information and relevant safety measures as outlined in government guidelines

CLEANING & DISINFECTING

Incorporate robust hygiene protocols

☐ Conduct frequent cleaning and disinfection of site (at least daily, and more frequently if feasible)

☐ Keep cleaning logs that include date, time, and scope of cleaning

☐ Conduct frequent disinfecting of heavy transit areas and high-touch surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, rolling carts, bathrooms)

☐ In event of a positive case, shut down site for a deep cleaning and disinfecting of the workplace in accordance with current CDC guidance

☐ Disinfect tools between customers (e.g., shampoo bowls, chairs and headrests, shears, combs, brushes, razors, styling tools)

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Covid-19 Beauty Industry Economic Hardship

https://www.change.org/p/u-s-senate-covid-19-beauty-workers-support

  1.  Kristin Snyder started this petition to U.S. Senate and 2 others(PLEASE BE ADVISED: a monetary “donation” after signing this petition goes directly to CHANGE.ORG but does not in any direct way benefit those who I am trying to help)

Federal Aid Package for Cosmetology/Barber/Body Work Industry

Across the country, the need for social distancing has impacted many industries. One industry in particular stands at high risk for both economic catastrophe AND infection, and that is the community of beauty/body services workers- estheticians, cosmetologists, nail technicians, barbers, massage therapists, body workers, tanning salon owners, etc.

Many licensed beauty/body service workers are self-employed, and rely on clients’ appointment fees to pay both business and personal bills. Our families are facing a long list of economic catastrophes: losing our homes, retirements, extreme debt/bankruptcy, inability to provide food for our children and/or pay for much needed health insurance. Cancellations, rescheduled appointments, and loss of child care during this novel coronavirus outbreak {COVID-19} are cause of grave concern to all who work in the beauty business as incomes plummet. Fear, anger and dread are being felt by all as our families begin to understand the monumental cost to help save our nation from the spread of the virus.

There is already no paid time off/sick leave for self-employment, so many are forced to choose between potential bankruptcy or struggling to remain open, which puts the community as a whole at risk for infection. The very nature of our industry is close contact, often in small studio spaces, where despite using our above-average knowledge of sanitation practices, we are exposed to airborne transmission with every possible cough or sneeze from our clientele. Any beauty worker infected with COVID-19 has the ability to transmit the infection quickly to his or her full book of clients on every given day, even before symptoms arise.

The need for an Economic Hardship package is immediate and should include the following;

-Emergency Medicaid Health insurance for those who are uninsured

-$100 billion in government-backed, low interest loans, to help support the the self-employment income that is disappearing

AND

-Equal relief/aid funding of self-employed beauty/ body service workers, as we are not covered under the current proposed relief bills being voted on at the Federal level

We the undersigned plead with our elected officials to hear our warnings and cries for help as we not only see our own economic plight but also the sacrifice of our livelihoods as we struggle to keep our communities healthy.

Respectfully,

Kristin Snyder, Salon Owner and Licensed Cosmetologist- Michigan

Mass Barber Regulations

NEWS

News New Cosmetology & Barbering Regulations Effective June 1, 2019

4/05/2019

  • Board of Registration of Cosmetology and Barbering

NEW REGULATIONS IN EFFECT JUNE 1, 2019

New regulations for the Board of Registration of Cosmetology and Barbering (“Board”) went into effect on June 1, 2019.  They include significant changes to the Board’s licensing rules and processes. All fees will remain the same for the time being.

An official set of the new regulations is available here: https://www.mass.gov/lists/statutes-and-regulations-cosmetology-and-barbering

The following is an overview of the new regulatory changes:

Elimination of Two-Tier Licensing:

  • Two-tier Cosmetology licensing is eliminated. Type-2 Operator licenses have all of the same permissions as a Type-1 Cosmetologist license. Both licenses are referred to as a Cosmetologist license. Type-1 upgrade applications are no longer being accepted.
  • Two-tier Aesthetics licensing is eliminated. Type-7 Aesthetician licenses have all of the same permissions as a Type-6 Aesthetician license.  Both licenses are referred to as an Aesthetician license. Type-6 upgrade applications are no longer being accepted.
  • Two-tier Barber licensing is eliminated.  Apprentice Barber licenses have all of the same permissions as a Master Barber license. Both licenses are referred to as a Barber license. Master Barber applications are no longer being accepted.
  • Supervisory requirements are no longer in effect. Any individual with a valid Cosmetology, Aesthetics, or Barber license can work unsupervised in an appropriately licensed shop.
     

Discontinuation of Booth Shop and Booth Renter Licenses:

  • Booth Renter and Booth Shop licenses have been eliminated. Salon owners do not need a Booth Renter license to rent chairs to individual licensees. Licensed workers do not need a Booth Shop license to rent a chair.
  • Salons only need to obtain a Type-1 Cosmetology full-service salon license, Type-3 Manicuring salon license and/or a Type-5 Aesthetics salon license, depending on the services being offered. The salon application can be found here: https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2019/07/09/HD%20Shop%20Application%2BCORI%20Rev07092019.pdf.
     

Out of State Cosmetology, Aesthetics and Manicuring Applications:

600 Hour Aesthetics Programs:

  • On June 1, 2019, the minimum clock hour requirement for Aesthetics programs increased from 300 to 600 hours. Students enrolled in 300 hour programs prior to June 1st can complete their programs and take the licensing examination.  Any student enrolling in an Aesthetics program on or after June 1st must enroll in a 600 hour program.

License Display Rules for Shops:

  • As of June 1, 2019, all licensees working in a shop will have to display their personal Cosmetology, Aesthetics, Manicuring or Barber license in a location in the shop that is visible to the consumer. A copy of the license can be displayed if the licensee has their original license with them in the shop.

Out of Country Cosmetology, Aesthetics and Manicuring Applications:

  • Cosmetology, Aesthetics, or Manicuring license applicants who received their training in other countries may show proof of two years’ work experience to take the licensing examination, and they must pass the written and practical exam. 
     

Out of Country Barber Applications:

  • Out of Country Barber applicants will now be required to pass both the written and practical exam. Written exams will be offered in both English and Spanish.  


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