You're anxious to get back to business. Here are some infection control steps to take so when you can begin accepting client appointments again, your clients feel safe.

Before you open

You need a written policy that reflects strict enforcement of stronger health standards and your new infection control standards. Incorporate CDC guidelines. Post it so clients can see that you take this seriously.

Consider taking a safety and sanitation certification through one of the online resources for estheticians. Post your certificate.

Begin purchasing PPE for yourself, your staff and your clients. Shipping times are extended and you need to have a supply readily available.

You may need to purchase more utensils, supplies and linen to allow you faster room turn around time.

Deep clean every surface with the appropriate disinfectant. Include your reception area, the rest room, your storage areas and your treatment rooms.

Eliminate magazines or other printed material that can't be cleaned.

Laminate marketing material so it can be wiped down.

Remove any communal testers. Offer individual samples on request.

Readjust your schedule to allow for extra time between clients to clean.

Prior to the service

Ask your client if they are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. Record their response, or create a document that your client signs declaring they are not experiencing symptoms and are not in contact with anyone with symptoms. Record your client's temperature.

Consider adding this phrase to your consent forms:

¨ I have not experienced a cough, fever or shortness of breath in the last 14 days

¨ I have not tested positive for COVID 19 in the past 14 days

¨ I have not been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID 19 in the past 14 days

I understand that, because esthetics involves maintaining touch and close physical proximity over an extended period of time, there may be an elevated risk of disease transmission, including COVID-19. By signing this form, I acknowledge that I am aware of the risks involved from receiving treatment at this time, I voluntarily agree to assume those risks, and I release and hold harmless the practitioner from any claims related thereto. I give my consent to receive treatment from this practitioner. I certify that the preceding medical, personal and skin history statements are true and correct. I am aware that it is my responsibility to inform the technician of my current medical and health conditions and to update this information at subsequent visits. A current history is essential for the provider to execute appropriate treatment procedures. I have signed the consent form for this procedure. I have the opportunity to ask questions prior to the treatment.

During the service

Use sheets on the treatment table.

Wear gloves and a mask.

Avoid touching your own face.

Dispense products into small cups or bowls for individual use.

After the service

Remove linen to a closed container, folding the linen into itself to better contain any germs.

Dispose of single use items in a trash container with a lid

Wipe down all hard surfaces with disinfectant

Wash utensils and then sanitize according to manufacturer's instructions. Store in a covered container.

Pay special attention to disinfect doorknobs, railings and frequently touched surfaces.

Consider wearing an apron or smock and changing between clients.

Taking precautions from the beginning can hopefully save a future shelter-in-place order and we can return to our new normal!

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