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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 should be the most important 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. We should 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 basic 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.)


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Training guides & webinars and courses

Salon sanitation-


EST 1 Esthetician

All Trades Sanitation, Disinfection, and Sterilization Guide

This is a work-study booklet that is the most current and up to date study guide on sanitation, disinfection, and sterilization for estheticians.

 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.

*Note.  This guide is no longer available on my website.  You can still get the booklet by visiting the SATCC website. Get it HERE

Get Barbicide Certified for Safe Salon Services– FREE

Rejuvenate Infection Prevention & Control -FREE

Hygiene in The Workplace/Salon– FREE

PREempt webinars on Infection Control-FREE


Best practices and government guides

The standards of personal services infection control is constantly changing.  I recommend that you Google the type of service + your local health authority to get the best information.  If you have any questions, contact your public health authority.


IPAC Canada-

Guidelines, policies and standards that Infection Prevention and Control professionals may use to support their own documentation and best practices.


Pro Beauty Services and Infection Control in Canada

Provincial Health Authority Standards Infection Control for the Pro Beauty Industry


Resources from Virox-

Guidelines by Market Segment


Something to Talk About: Washing Hands

Article about hand hygiene



Product literature and guides


Checklists and Cleaning Logs

Pedicure Cleaning Log

NMC’s Pedicure Equipment Cleaning and Disinfecting Procedures for Nail Technicians

Test your knowledge!

Milady Sanitation Exam Review

Cosmetology – Infection Control: Principales And Practice

If you are interested in other free training manuals take a look at Free Esthetics Training Manuals.

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