Spa & Salon Sanitation, Disinfection, and Sterilization

When working on people, it is important to practice the highest standard of sanitation to prevent the spread of communicable diseases and infections; some can be fatal

Spa & Salon Sanitation, Disinfection, and Sterilization

Why should we put spa & salon sanitation disinfection and sterilization at the top of our continuing education? Public health and safety is the top priority of our job and is fundamentally the largest aspect of our work. Anyone who has basic training can provide a service, or apply a set of acrylic or gel nails but if you are using unclean implements or practices those services can cause an infection or worse death. It is our obligation to educate our clients so they know that we have the highest standards when it comes to the cleanliness of our work. To do that we must educate ourselves and the clients to follow the standards when it comes to sanitation disinfection and sterilization.

“Sanitation and infection control are some of the first things we learn in beauty school, and for good reason! It is crucial to have an understanding of the different kinds of infections you may come across, in order to protect yourself and the client. Clients rely on our knowledge and professionalism and trust us with their health, so we must abide by the law by giving them the best treatment without taking shortcuts.”- Dermascope ( by  Dasha Saian, L.E.)

EST 1 Esthetician – All Trades Sanitation, Disinfection, and Sterilization is a work study booklet that is the most current and up to day study guide on sanitation, disinfection, and sterilization for estheticians. This invaluable resource is available in our Free Esthetics Traning Manuals. The Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC), Damaris Terleski, Nove Salon & Esthetics Wholesale Ltd, and Veronica Lynne-Swirsky have co-authored a fantastic study resource. This guide is perfect for newbies, or experienced estheticians who want a refresher or to nail down the correct practices. 

What the guide covers:

Scope of Practice
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Supplies
Hand Washing
What Does “Clean” Mean
What is Sanitizing?
What is Disinfecting
Critical Items, Semi-Critical, and non-Critical Items
What is Sterilizing
Storage of Clean Items
workbook Surfaces
Disinfecting Surfaces
Disinfecting Surfaces With Disinfectant WipesSanitation, Disinfection, and Sterilization in the spa
Portable Foot
Whirlpool Foot Spas, Air-Jet Basins, “Pipe-less” Foot Spas and Other
Circulating Spas
What can be Disinfected
Disinfecting Instruments
Bits for Electric Files
Personal Care Packs and Client-Provided Tools
Rocks and Marbles
Choosing a Chemosterilant / High Level Disinfectant
Manufacturer’s Specifications
Contamination Types
Accidental Exposure to Blood and Body Fluid
Remediating a Contamination
General Practices
Sanitation Between Clients
Daily Sanitation
Records and Logs
Autoclave Records
Contact Surfaces
Steam Sterilization
Manicures and Pedicures
Paraffin Wax
Porous and Non-Porous
Brushes and Applicators
Module Summary Self-Tests

The guide is composed of objectives, hands-on practices, theory and much more.  It’s printable so you could print off a copy for each of your staff and have them work on it as a take home project. Please share this guide with your colleagues.

—–>>>>> DOWNLOAD: EST 1 Esthetician – All Trades Sanitation, Disinfection, and Sterilization

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Special shout out to Savana Glazier for help on this article.