Equipment & Facility Safety

SASSI Equipment Safety Tips

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.

Chemical Safety

  • 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.

Equipment Safety

  • 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).

Facility Safety

  • 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.

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