Some salon activities pose risks to the health and safety of clients and staff. Salons establish policies to address and minimise these risks. Clearly defined health and safety policies that are consistently practised help alleviate concerns.
Common health policies in a salon include proper sterilisation 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 not only protects clients and staff from accidents, illness and infection, but also protects the salon owner and management from litigation and complaints to workplace safety agencies. Safe, health-conscious salons benefit all stakeholders.