Beauty Guild Covid-19 Safe Working Guide
The following information provides Beauty Guild members with a 5 step process which we recommend should be followed in conjunction with the Government’s guidelines Working Safely during COVID-19 in close contact services.
Step 1. Complete the GTi Covid-19 Infection Prevention and Control Course
The Beauty Guild’s course Covid-19 Infection Prevention and Control course has been specifically written for beauty, hair, nail and holistic professionals. This course is completed online and allows you to formulate a Covid-19 Infection Prevention and Control policy for your business. This course is free for Guild members. You can enrol on the course here.
Step 2. Download and read the Government guidelines - Working Safely during COVID-19 in close contact services
You are required to follow the Government guidelines as issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). These are provided in the document Working Safely during COVID-19 in close contact services. Close contact services include hairdressing, barbershops, beauty and nail bars, makeup, tattoo and spray tanning studios, spas, sports and massage therapy, well-being and holistic locations, dress fitters, tailors and fashion designers.
This document is available on the Government website at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/close-contact-services
Step 3. Check with your own regional Government regarding when you can re-open
Public health is devolved in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The UK Government’s guidelines should be considered alongside local public health and safety requirements and legislation in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Updates will be provided on the Beauty Guild’s Covid-19 information page at https://www.beautyguild.com/Coronavirus but for full details you will need to refer to the website of the Northern Ireland Executive, the Scottish Government, and the Welsh Government.
Step 4. Obtain And Use The Required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
PPE protects the user against health or safety risks at work. Where you are already using PPE in your work activity to protect against non-COVID-19 risks, you should continue to do so. 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. An extended period of time refers to the majority of the working day, irrespective of the number of clients served during the day. The person providing a service (such as hairdressers, because of the period of time spent in close proximity to a person’s face, mouth and nose) 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.
Both disposable and re-usable visors are available. 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, when the practitioner is wearing a visor. There is no benefit to either the client or the practitioner of wearing additional PPE to that which they would usually use, beyond the clear visor mentioned above. The most effective methods of preventing the transmission of COVID-19 are still social distancing and regular handwashing. These steps must still be followed as much as possible, even when practitioners are wearing protective equipment. In instances where you are contacted via the test and trace service, having been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you will still need to self-isolate even if you are wearing a visor at work. This is because the risk of transmission cannot be ruled out, even if wearing a visor reduces that risk.
Step 5. Carry out specific risk assessments on all the treatments and services you offer
The Covid-19 Infection Prevention and Control course includes information on how to carry out a general risk assessment for your business. Further information is also available from the HSE website. In addition to the general risk assessment, you will need to carry out individual risk assessments on all the treatments you offer in your salon whilst following the Government guidelines for Covid-19.
No treatments are to be provided on the face until government advice changes. Examples of such services would include the following, though this list is not exhaustive:
- face waxing, sugaring or threading services
- facial treatments
- advanced facial technical (electrical or mechanical)
- eyelash treatments
- make-up application
- electrolysis on the face
- eyebrow treatments
- intricate detailing, outlining or shaving of beards
- advanced beauty therapy and aesthetic treatments (this does not apply to medical settings)
Treatments restricted to the body, but excluding those in the highest risk zone, can resume with mitigations as set out in this guidance.
To help you decide which actions to take, you must carry out an appropriate COVID-19 risk assessment, just as you would for other health and safety related hazards.
How to carry out individual treatment risk assessments
The Beauty Guild has created a simple template which you can use to carry out risk assessments on the treatments you offer. Also provided is a flow chart which allows you to decide if you can continue to provide the treatment under the Government guidelines.
How to access the Beauty Guild Risk Assessment Flowchart and Individual Treatment Risk Assessment Templates
The following resources are available in the downloads section of the Covid-19 Infection Prevention and Control course
- Beauty Guild Risk Assessment Flowchart
- Individual Treatment Risk Assessment Templates for the most popular beauty, hair, nails and holistic treatments
To access these, log into your account on Beautyguild.com and go to the GTi Courses section.
The Covid-19 Infection Prevention and Control course is free to Guild members. Click the link to see the course details and enrol.