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Bliss Hair Risk Assessment

The Post COVID-19 Risk Assessment Carried Out by Bliss Hair Salons in Nottingham and Loughborough

This risk assessment was carried out on 1st June 2020 by Nick Tedd, Director at Bliss Hair Salons in Nottingham and Loughborough. We will review the risks on an ongoing basis.

Risk Type

Reception area, cross contamination through bookings and payments.

Measures to Minimise Risk – Staff and clients 

  • All bookings to be made over the telephone
  • Clients will be asked to come alone
  • Temperature to be taken of every client and staff member on arrival and logged
  • Phones will be wiped after each staff member uses them
  • When possible keeping the salon door locked and a notice for clients to phone to make a booking
  • No walk-in appointments
  • Clients to be told when booking about the salon changes and emailed all relevant information
  • Ask clients to come in a mask to their appointment
  • The clients will be asked to cancel if they feel unwell
  • A screen to be fitted at the reception desk and masks or face shield to be worn at all times
  • Payments to be made by card and card machines disinfected after each use
  • No cash payments unless no alternative
  • Signs in reception area to keep clients 2 meters apart
  • Reception area disinfected regularly including door handles
  • No waiting area
  • If a client arrives early ask them to wait outside
  • Allow clients in to the salon once the stylist is free to seat them over
  • Clients to hang up their own coats and keep belongings with them
  • Receptionist to take all bills, staff to leave their clients and not to stand at reception

Action to be taken

  • Make sure PPE is available at all times
  • Antibacterial hand gel available for all clients and staff
  • All safety information passed onto clients and staff
     

Risk Type

Cross Contamination at the backwash 

Measures to Minimise Risk – Staff and clients 

  • All staff and clients to wear masks and PPE
  • All basins taps and seats to be disinfected after each use
  • Limit the time client is at the backwash, i.e. toners to be applied in the salon
  • Treatments to come into the salon when they have been applied
  • One laundry towel to be used for drying hair at backwash
  • Disposable towels used at all other times
  • Staff to wash hands before and after entering the backwash area
  • Shower curtains to be fitted in between each backwash station

Action to be taken

  • Cleaning products to be available at the backwash at all times
  • Leave the door open to the kitchen area to help with ventilation

Risk Type

  • Cross contamination at the cutting stations
  • Clients being too close together

Measures to Minimise Risk – Staff and clients 

  • Clients to be seated in designated seats so social distancing is applied
  • Clients and staff to wear masks at all times and stylists to wear disposable aprons and gloves where possible
  • Any cutting or drying equipment, brushes, products, gowns, and towels to be placed into the basket provided when finished with and to be removed and sterilised between each client
  • Work top, mirror, and chairs to be thoroughly cleaned and sterilised between each client
  • Trolleys and stools to be sanitised after each use
  • Cutting collars to be disinfected after every use
  • Hood dryer cleaned after every use

Action to be taken

  • PPE to be available
  • Cleaning products and stations throughout the salon

Risk Type

Client resources spreading Covid 19.

Measures to Minimise Risk – Staff and clients 

  • Client drinks will not be available
  • All magazines to be removed from the salon
  • Do not uses appointment cards, print from till receipt if required
  • Avoid providing leaflets or price lists, information available online 

Risk Type

Contamination in toilets and wash areas  

Measures to Minimise Risk – Staff and clients 

  • Toilets to be spray disinfected after every use
  • Hand wash soap, hand sanitiser and disposable paper towels to always be available
  • Bins emptied regularly

Action to be taken

Disinfectant spray to be used on door handles, toilet seat, flush, sink and taps. 

Risk Type

Over crowding in the salon, being unable to socially distance.  

Measure to Minimise Risk – Staff and clients

  • Only 2 stylist allowed to work at the same time, only 1 assistant at the same time and 1 Front of House
  • Client numbers to be limited to 3 so social distancing can be obtained at all times
  • Clients asked not to arrive early or late for their appointments and to come alone
  • Children will not be allowed in the salon unless having their hair cut
  • Appointments for perm services will be put on hold due to the length of the appointment and the time spent at the backwash

Action to be taken

Client numbers need to be monitored when booking appointments. 

Risk Type

Lack of PPE 

Measure to Minimise Risk – Staff and clients

  • Levels of all PPE should be monitored daily to make sure levels are kept high
  • This will be all of the staff’s responsibility
  • Clients will be asked to wear masks and bring their own. If they don’t have one, we will provide them, but the cost will be added to the bill

Action to be taken

Stock list for PPE to be created.

Risk Type

Inappropriate cleaning and hygiene. 

Measure to Minimise Risk – Staff and clients

  • Salon, doors, handles, surfaces, and toilets to be disinfected regularly
  • All salon work spaces to be cleaned after every client
  • All hair kits to be sterilised after each client
  • Salon deep cleaned every evening
  • Clients will be asked to wash their hair on the day if they are coming for a dry cut or colour to prevent cross contamination
  • Staff to have clean uniform and hair daily and to keep hair tied up if possible
  • Hands to be washed regularly throughout the day
  • Staff to arrive 15mins early to get into a clean change of clothes and PPE

Action to be taken

Inform clients at the time of booking and send them an email explaining all requirements.

Risk Type

Client or staff requiring First Aid.

Measure to Minimise Risk – Staff and clients

  • First aid only given by designated first aider
  • If first aid is needed the first aider should protect themselves with full PPE including mask, face shield, gloves, and apron
  • First aid kit will be fully stocked

Action to be taken

Check first aid kit.

Risk Type

Staff belongings and break/lunch arrangements not followed.

Measure to Minimise Risk – Staff and clients

  • All staff belonging will be stored in the staffroom including coats to stop cross contamination
  • Food and drinks are not allowed on the salon floor or in the dispensary
  • All breaks must be taken in the staffroom or outside and social distance
  • If using the kitchen or eating area staff must disinfect where they have used and wash all pots in hot soapy water
  • Hands must be washed before re entering the salon floor and clean PPE used
  • All staff should try to social distance as much as possible
  • Phones are not allowed on the salon floor
  • No personal post or deliveries to the salon

Action to be taken

Cleaning products and PPE available at all times in the kitchen areas
Risk Type

Suspect Covid 19 or illness in staff.

Measure to Minimise Risk – Staff and clients

  • All staff will be asked not to come to work if they feel unwell
  • If they have symptoms of Covid 19 they will be asked to self-isolate for 7 days or be tested if possible
  • If the symptoms start at work they will be asked to go straight home or go into the office next to the staffroom to self-isolate until they can leave
  • All areas that they have been must be deep cleaned after they have left

Action to be taken

Find out legal guidelines if this happens in the salon. 

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