Covid-19 has changed the way you run your businesses. Depending on the type of business you’re running, some companies may have more adapting to do than others.
People may argue the necessity of some businesses like beauty salons, nail bars and tattoo parlours during this time. The question being, “how necessary is it for clients to do their nails?” However, try not to focus on the type of job being done, but rather on the income that’s generated from it. While doing your nails may not be the most important thing to focus on amidst a global pandemic, nail technicians, hairdressers and other employees in the beauty industry still have to sustain their livelihoods.
With a clear workplace coronavirus guideline, it’ll be easier for businesses to put the necessary protocols in place to safeguard their employees and visitors. That way, everyone can benefit!
5 Ways Salon Owners can Protect Employees and Clients
The beauty industry is considered a high risk business sector because its primary function involves a lot of physical contact. Here are a few safety guidelines to safeguard employees and staff.
By Appointment Only
Salon owners shouldn’t accept walk-ins during this time as that will leave the salon full of people at any given time. Arrange clients by appointment only and adhere to the guideline for quantities of people allowed per store. Keep a register of all visitors with contact numbers, should tracking become necessary at any point. Take temperatures and enforce a mask policy.
Wherever possible, rearrange work stations to ensure safe distance between clients. Use chairs marked with an “X” to separate clients in the waiting area.
Monitor Employee Temperatures
Check employee temperatures in the morning, afternoon and evening. Keep a register and ensure employees aren’t discriminated against if any symptoms present themselves.
Clean Equipment and Stations
It’s important for all equipment to be cleaned using isopropyl alcohol. Fortunately, this has been used in salons for years. Floors, work stations, chairs and bathrooms can be cleaned with bleach.
It’s important for salons to enforce the “one towel, one customer” rule. If a customer has used a towel, it must immediately be set aside to be washed. Don’t use that towel for another customer before it’s washed.
Salons that offer water as a refreshment should do so using sealed water bottles.
Masks, Gloves, Wipes, Sanitiser
Like any other business, salons must ensure hand sanitiser is readily available at the door, reception and at every work station. All bathrooms and basins should have liquid soap available with paper towels. Using paper towels will avoid more than one customer using the same towel.
Where possible, employees must wear industry specific gloves. Nail technicians should request that customers wash their hands before starting the nail process. Ensure that all parties wear masks at all times.
By ensuring that you follow as many hygiene protocols as is possible in your particular environment, you’ll give both your employees and your clientele peace of mind. And then everyone can start enjoying the new norm.