RECAP ON COVID

As we near the end of the year, I’ve thought a lot about what life was prior to March 2020. I would venture to say, 2020 has been a tumultuous year.

The exhaustion (for lack of another word) which has been brought about by this pandemic, cannot go un-noticed.

Temperatures have flared across social media and daily life as we knew it, is pretty much non-existant.

I’m not trying to be doom and gloom.  THAT is not me at all. However, I am a realist. And, for those of us who might have thought we would be done with all talk of Covid by the end of 2020….we are in for a rude awakening.

Typically this time of year I like to post a blog on deep cleaning our Salons. I’ve felt over the years, we all need to be reminded how wonderful a feeling it is to do a deep cleaning, revisit our disinfection practices and end the year with a refreshed feeling.

This year is no different….yet is it?. In my opinion, we need reminders more than ever.

This year I think we need to be reminded of what is COVID, how does it affect us, how could we contract it and most importantly how do we keep it out our Salons.

I believe, we all need a reminder…this is not gone yet. And, we all need to be reminded, COVID or not, we should be practicing the utmost in proper sanitation procedures….not just a simple wipe and go.

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RECAP!

  • What is Covid?
  • Why is Covid considered a pandemic?
  • How do we mitigate the risk?
  • Transmission
  • High risk transfer points in our Salons
  • Employee training

 

COVID – Identified as a “novel” coronavirus because it is a virus which has not been previously detected.

It is an illness caused by a virus which can be transmitted person to person.

Transmitted person to person

COVID is a pandemic because it has spread across several countries and has affected so many people.

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I think we all know, we mitigate risk of getting COVID by 3 simple steps.

  • Wear a mask
  • Stand 6ft apart
  • Wash your hands

These all may make sense since COVID is transmitted person to person. Is it foolproof though?

Salons are considered high risk. Why?  After all, we have been practicing sanitation procedures since the beginning of time.  Even so, we must know how to limit high risk transfer points in our facilities!

Full transparency!!

Centre For Beauty has always had PPE products in our venue. Our primary brands include gloves and disinfection solutions.

When COVID hit, we received more referrals and more new clients in the history of our Business. In fact, April of 2020 our new client count was 297. We typically average about 50.

Based off these new numbers, we adjusted our inventory accordingly so we could accommodate the increase in disinfection sales.

However, after just a couple of months we noticed the “panic” decreased. This is surprising to me because I kinda wonder where all these new clients came from? Were they not following sanitation practices properly before Covid? In addition, if they are practicing properly now, why isn’t it showing in our disinfection sales? We definitely have an increase. However, it is no where near the math of what it should be based on April occurences.

Scary, as they are not.

You can adjust those numbers for normal every day Business

  • Found another product
  • Went out of business
  • Simply by fruition
  • etc. etc

However, I believe a different story has happened

I believe many of our Salons have gotten complacent

What are high risk transfer points in our Salons?

High risk transfer points are the hidden dangers. This is the area where I personally believe many have become complacent. Sure, we have our shields, we wear our mask. However, transfer points go well beyond what we are breathing.

  • Magazines
  • Door handles
  • Brochures
  • Pens/pencils
  • Credit card machines
  • Retail
  • Nail polish
  • Coffee cups
  • Couches/chairs
  • Light switches

My husband and I met some friends for dinner last evening. Something we have not done in a very long time. When we arrived back home I shared with my husband that I felt….if there is anytime I felt COVID vulnerability, was at the restaurant.

There were many reasons but what caught me the most was the portable credit card machine. It was just downright nasty. You could see smudges and fingerprints all over it.

I have seen this type of behavior in Salons I have visited. Temperatures are being taken, mask are being worn….but that’s about it. It’s very unsettling.

The idea that we take the temperatures of our clients and make sure they wear a mask, is NOT a solid…they don’t have Covid. We know we can be asystematic, and that is where the dangers lie.

It is imperative we continue to go out of our way to clean and disinfect everything, all the time..every day.

  • Are you still leaving extra time between clients to properly clean your work station?
  • Are you following the Mfg’s directions on your disinfection product?
  • Are you still wearing gloves?
  • Have you completely removed magazines and brochures from your lobby?
  • Are you disinfecting your credit card machines, pens, bottles, chairs, couches etc between your clients?
  • Do you sanitize your rest room after a client has used it?

The reality is, COVID is just the excuse. These procedures should have been done and should continue to be done regardless of COVID or not.

  • Clean before you disinfect
  • Follow your Mfg’s contact time
  • Double spray for proper disinfection. (Spray, wait allotted time, spray again, wipe)
  • Clean and disinfect your entire work station between clients
  • Sanitize your restroom between client usage
  • Eliminate items which can be touched (magazines, brochures)
  • Daily disinfect your entire Salon including retail sections, nail polish racks, seats, couches, curtains etc.

We had a lot of time during lockdown.  Have you….

  • Met with your team to review your sanitization processes?
  • Produced a sanitizing manual with instruction, SDS sheets, emergency numbers etc.
  • Posted signage within your facility

We had over 400 take our cleaning/disinfection/sanitation series. At that particular time, I believe it was the highest degree of interest in personal protection than ever in my career.

I was honored to have been asked to put such a series together. I was tickled pink because “everyone” who took the series and opted for the certificate (over 200), answered the question…”what did you learn the most“.

The answers to that question is what I want to bring back up today. It’s important to be reminded Covid or not, we have to be doing it right. If not, more than ever before you are putting you and your clients at risk.

  • Most didn’t know you have to spray, wait, spray again then wipe
  • Most didn’t know UV sterilizing is NOT an autoclave – UV sterilizing only sterilizes line of site
  • Most didn’t know exactly what contact time meant
  • Most didn’t know when diluted a product it reduces it efficacy

Let’s recap a few things and see how you measure up against proper sanitation. How safe are you?

  • Do you leave 15 minutes between clients for proper sanitation?
    • IF YES – 10 points
  • Do you have contactless payment options?
    • If YES – 10 points
  • Do you know what the Mfg’s contact time is on your disinfection product?
    • If YES – 10 points
  • Do you leave your disinfection product wet on the surface for required contact time?
    • If YES – 10 points
  • Do you spray your disinfection, leave it for required contact time, spray again and then wipe with a clean cloth?
    • If YES – 10 points
  • Do you wear gloves while performing your service?
    • If YES – 10 points
  • Do you distance yourself 6 ft apart from fellow co-workers?
    • If YES – 10 points
  • Do you sanitize your restroom after each use?
    • If YES – 10 points
  • Do you sanitize door handles immediately?
    • If YES – 10 points
  • Do you sanitize your nail polish racks and your retail centers daily?
    • If YES – 10 points

If you received 100% congratulations. Let me know cj@centreforbeauty.com. I would like to do a feature article on you to share with others your experience.

If no, then it is time to re-evaluate. BIG TIME!

FACTS:

  • Cleaning is always prior to disinfection. The only exception to the rule is if your disinfection product is a one-step product.
  • Disinfection products have different contact times. (example)
    • BioSurf by Micrylium – 50 seconds
    • Barbicide – 10 minutes
  • The surface must be cleaned, sprayed with the disinfection product, let sit “wet” for required contact time, spray again, wipe.
  • As an implement soak most disinfection products must be replaced daily. (example)
    • BioSurf by Micrylium – effective for 7 days
    • Barbicide – replace daily
  • COVID bacteria is airborne for 6 hours –

IN A NUTSHELL:

I am often asked, “if I still had my Salon, what would my procedures be?”

  • I would leave 15 minutes between clients
  • I would not allow more than one(1) client in at a time, unless there is sufficient room
  • Yes, temperature – yes, release form
  • I would wear gloves
  • My cleaning process between clients would be to thoroughly sanitize any area where I worked, or possibly where my clients touched.  Including retail, polishes, pens, credit card machines, bathrooms etc.
  • I would use Micrylium BioSurf due to its 50 second contact time, 7 day efficacy, kinder-greener-safer, non-carcinogenic. And, it can be sprayed on our clothes.
  • I would use a Safe Zone fogger to quickly spray the air and all retail and polish stations, cloth chairs, bathrooms etc. And, I would routinely spray at the end of each day.

Proper sanitizing practices have never been a joke. However, it is imperative we do NOT cut corners. Not now, not EVER!

CJ Murray, President

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