Minimize risk by performing regular maintenance and performance checks on all equipment to ensure that frequently-used appliances are in good working order. Prevent slips and falls by clearing floors of appliance cords, spilled liquids and properly maintained floor surfaces. Provide an eye-wash station, and maintain an accessible first-aid supply kit.
- Do not purchase bulk chemicals from companies outside the US (outside FDA control). The resulting infections can be severe.
- Read the instructions/directions that accompany the various products you use in your salon. Make sure that every employee using that product does the same.
- Ensure that employees store chemicals in their original containers with correct labels and instructions.
- If you must re-bottle bulk solutions and chemicals, be sure to label the containers, especially the dispenser bottles.
- Compile a list of all equipment, manufacturers, and receipts, if possible. Maintain this within a file, along with any warranty information, service details and other data for equipment.
- Schedule a check on the cords and plug connectors on your dryers, steamers, etc. once a month.
- Have a licensed electrician check your appliances and electrical system once a year. If your fuses blow out often, call an electrician.
- Check with your State Board or the Cosmetology Association to determine if you are covered to offer a particular service or operate a specialized piece of equipment.
- When considering the purchase of new equipment, insist on a certificate of insurance from the manufacturer. This will protect your business from potential claims if the machine malfunctions.
- Perform bi-annual reviews on all equipment and furniture and maintain records on the proper working condition and stability of each.
- Confirm that your salon’s water temperature reaches no more than 120 degrees (the water heater may be lowered to accommodate this; ask your utility service provider or plumber for details).
- Create an eye-wash station, and maintain an accessible basic first-aid supply kit in your facility.
- Be sure to clean up all liquid spills (water, lotions, oils, etc.) on the floor immediately. Use caution signs if floor is still wet.
- Provide non-skid footwear (sandals/booties) to patrons.
- Wash and wax floors before or after business hours; never when opened for business.
- Remove wax from floors regularly.
- Rinse floors completely before applying wax.
- Avoid excessive buffing on newly waxed floors.
- Replace broken tiles, worn-out linoleum and damaged wooden floors.
- Be sure to secure tables (i.e. massage tables/beds) to the floor (i.e. no rollers/wheels on the bottom of the tables).
- Check all furniture and fixtures every month. Keep them in good repair, tighten loose fittings securely, replacing worn parts when needed.
- Keep all cords off the floors and clear of the passageways.