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Coronavirus (COVID-19): close contact services

Information for people who provide close contact services such as hairdressers, barbers and beauticians on working safely during coronavirus.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): close contact services
Equipment

Equipment

You do not need to replace all reusable tools with disposable ones. Where equipment can be adequately disinfected it does not need to be replaced. Depending upon the contact time of the chemicals used to disinfect, it may be necessary to have additional items available should they be required. Any equipment used must be fully disinfected between clients/customers.

 Plastic aprons are one method of limiting the spread of COVID-19 through contact with potentially contaminated surfaces. Regular aprons, fabric face coverings, towels etc. can still be used, provided that they are changed between clients/customers. They should also be washed at 60°C where possible. Where reusable items are to be used it is essential to ensure that you have sufficient supply available.

If using disposable items it is recommended that these be double bagged prior to disposal, with particular care given to items that are used for treatments in the high risk zone.

Hairdryers can continue to be used. We would advise practitioners to be mindful of increased risk of transmission through the raising of voices and keep this to a minimum when using hairdryers or other noise generating appliances such as music/television.