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.)
EST 1 Esthetician – All Trades Sanitation, Disinfection, and Sterilization is a work-study booklet that is the most current and up to date study guide on sanitation, disinfection, and sterilization for estheticians.
This resource is available in our Free Esthetics Traning Manuals. It was co-authored by The Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC), Damaris Terleski, Nove Salon & Esthetics Wholesale Ltd, and Veronica Lynne-Swirsky. 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
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
Disinfecting Surfaces With Disinfectant Wipes
Whirlpool Foot Spas, Air-Jet Basins, “Pipe-less” Foot Spas and Other
What can be Disinfected
Bits for Electric Files
Personal Care Packs and Client-Provided Tools
Rocks and Marbles
Choosing a Chemosterilant / High Level Disinfectant
Accidental Exposure to Blood and Body Fluid
Remediating a Contamination
Sanitation Between Clients
Records and Logs
Manicures and Pedicures
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.
Other Saskatchewan Resources:
Public Health Inspectors-Regina 306-766-7755
Spa & Salon Sanitation, Disinfection, and Sterilization-Authored by The Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC), Damaris Terleski, Nove Salon & Esthetics Wholesale Ltd, and Veronica Lynne-Swirsky
Invasive Personal Service Facilities -Government of Sask –
Opening a Personal Services Facility -Saskatchewan Fact Sheet
Other Sanitation Resources:
Resources from Virox- Guidelines by Market Segment
Metrex Product Literature
Test your knowledge!
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Special shout out to Savana Glazier for help on this article.