Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Salon Reopening

We finally have an end in sight for salons to reopen after Lockdown 3.0 (Woop-Woop)!

We have only a few weeks to go, and looking ahead to April 12th, we have put together a guide about PPE needed for salon reopening!

Undoubtedly, one of the biggest industry concerns surrounding salon re-opening is the safety of clients, staff and ourselves! But, providing your salon has the appropriate and necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) you can help to prevent the spread of Covid-19, we can all feel safe, relaxed and begin to adjust back to normal life!

What is PPE?

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is equipment that will protect you from health and safety risks. It can include items such as gloves, eye protection, aprons etc. We are all well aware of face-masks by now and the laws surrounding them.

What PPE do I need?

Hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons that are in close proximity with clients for extensive periods, (meaning it’s difficult to maintain social distancing measures) need to wear further protection in addition to the standard.

  • Wear a visor AND mask. You are advised to wear both a clear visor or goggles and a Type II face mask to keep clients safe. Your salon/(you, if you are a salon owner) should provide training on how to wear face masks safely.

The new BEIS guidelines recommend that our industry wear Type II face coverings  (a medical face mask made up of a protective 3-ply construction that prevents large particles from reaching the client or working surfaces) as well as a well-fitted clear visor that covers the forehead, extends below the chin and wraps around the side of the face.

It is also recommended you wear the following PPE:

  • Disposable gloves
  • Face masks
  • Goggles (visors as substitute)
  • Aprons

Continuing on from previous lockdown advice, reception areas should be fitted with a screen. These should also be used in nail bars to form protection for nail technicians and clients when giving manicures.

For up-to-date info, the guidance for people who provide close contact services should be referred to regularly.

Where can I buy PPE for the hair and beauty industry?

HairCo and Beauty stock a range of PPE including: face masks, gloves, visors, and disposable gowns etc. The demand for such stock is going to be larger than ever, so make sure you stock up early!

Should clients wear PPE?

Government guidelines state that clients must wear a face mask in hair, nail, beauty salons and barbers unless exempt.