Spa & Salon Sanitation, Disinfection, and Sterilization

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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 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.

Sanitation, Disinfection, and Sterilization in the spa

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 Wipes
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

Other Saskatchewan Resources: 

(Because I’m based out of Saskatchewan)

Public Health Inspectors-Regina 306-766-7755

Saskatchewan Personal Service Facility Best Management Practices

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:

Pro Beauty Services and Infection Control in Canada

Resources from Virox- Guidelines by Market Segment

Something to Talk About: Washing Hands

Public Health Ontario – Infection Prevention and Control

Pedicure Cleaning Log

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

3 Ways Effective Cleaning and Disinfection Products Can Improve Your Business

Get Barbicide Certified for Safe Salon Services

Metrex Product Literature

Salon Disinfection Checklist

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 Traning Manuals.

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