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Safety Standards and Checklist: Hair Salons and Barbershops

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***IMPORTANT NOTE: As of June 22, 2020 (the start of Step 2 of Phase II), Hair Salons and Barbershops should consult with the sector-specific safety standards for Close Contact Personal ServicesHair Salons and Barber Shops that self-certified under the earlier standards may continue to operate and are not required to re-certify under the Close Contact Personal Services standards. The content on this page remains published for reference only. 

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Important Note

As of June 22, 2020 (the start of Step 2 of Phase II), Hair Salons and Barbershops should consult with the sector-specific safety standards for Close Contact Personal ServicesHair Salons and Barbershops that self-certified under the earlier standards may continue to operate and are not required to re-certify under the Close Contact Personal Services standards. The content below remains published for reference only. 

Key Documents for Reopening

Linked below are three important documents:

  1. Workplace Safety Standards - Complete and official sector-specific standards for reopening hair salons and barbershops (all workplaces must also comply with the Mandatory Safety Standards for Workplaces)
  2. Protocol Summary - User friendly summary of the standards and best practices
  3. Checklist - Printable tool to help businesses perform the required self-certification for opening and ensure compliance with the sector-specific standards 

Social Distancing

Arrange chairs so work areas are spaced out at least 6 feet apart

Install visual markers to encourage customers to remain at least 6 feet apart

Stagger lunch and break times, regulate the maximum number of people in one place and ensure at least 6 feet of physical distancing

Close or reconfigure worker common spaces and high density areas of facilities where workers are likely to congregate (e.g., break rooms, eating areas) to allow 6 feet of physical distancing

Require face coverings for all customers and workers, except where an individual is unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition or disability

Require workers to wear gloves, gowns or smocks, and prescription glasses, safety glasses or goggles


Recommended best practices

Improve ventilation for enclosed spaces where possible (e.g., open doors and windows)

Install physical partitions between workstations where feasible. Physical partitions must be at least 6 feet in height

Contactless payment methods are encouraged

Hygiene Protocols

Ensure access to handwashing facilities on site, including soap and running water, and allow sufficient break time for workers to wash hands frequently; alcohol-based hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol may be used as an alternative

Supply workers at workplace location with adequate cleaning products (e.g., sanitizer, disinfecting wipes)

Require glove changes and handwashing before and after each customer

Do not permit sharing of tools and supplies between workers (shears, combs, brushes, etc.)

Use clean capes for each customer

Workers should change into a clean smock or gown between each client. Consider using disposable capes and smocks. Reusable capes, towels, gowns should be laundered between each use

Disinfect all tools between customers

Post visible signage throughout the site to remind workers and clients of hygiene and safety protocols

Staffing and Operations

Limit service to hair services only (haircuts, color, blow drying and treatments). Non-hair services are not permitted (eyebrows, beard trimming, lip waxing, manicures, etc.)

Provide training to workers on safety standards, up-to-date safety information and precautions including hygiene and other measures aimed at reducing disease transmission

Adjust workplace hours and shifts (working teams with different schedules or staggered arrival / departure) to minimize contact across workers and reduce congestion

Close waiting areas and ask customers to wait outside or in cars until it is time for their appointment

Require customers to make an appointment in advance to receive service

Maintain a log of workers and customers to support contact tracing (name, date, time, contact information) if needed

Remove non-essential amenities (magazines, customer-facing water or coffee, coat rooms etc.)

All workers must stay home if feeling ill

If the employer is notified of a positive case at the workplace, the employer shall notify the local Board of Health (LBOH) in the city or town where the workplace is located and assist the LBOH as reasonably requested to advise likely contacts to isolate and self-quarantine. Testing of other workers may be recommended consistent with guidance and / or at the request of the LBOH

Post notice to workers and customers of important health information and relevant safety measures as outlined in the Commonwealth’s Mandatory Safety Standards for Workplace

 

Recommended best practices

Workers who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 according to the Centers for Disease Control (e.g., due to age or underlying conditions) are encouraged to stay home

Encourage workers to self-identify symptoms or any close contact to a known or suspected COVID-19 case to the employer

Encourage workers who test positive for COVID-19 to disclose to the workplace employer for purposes of cleaning / disinfecting and contact tracing

Cleaning and Disinfecting

Conduct frequent cleaning and disinfection of site (at least daily, and more frequently if feasible)

Keep cleaning logs that include date, time, and scope of cleaning

Conduct frequent disinfecting of heavy transit areas and high-touch surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, rolling carts, bathrooms)

In event of a positive case, shut down site for a deep cleaning and disinfecting of the workplace in accordance with current CDC guidance

Disinfect tools between customers (e.g., shampoo bowls, chairs and headrests, shears, combs, brushes, razors, styling tools)

Checklist

SOCIAL DISTANCING

Ensure >6ft  between individuals

Arrange chairs so work areas are spaced out at least 6 feet apart

☐ Install visual markers to encourage customers to remain at least 6 feet apart

☐ Improve ventilation for enclosed spaces where possible (e.g., open doors and windows)

☐ Stagger lunch and break times, regulate the maximum number of people in one place and ensure at least 6 feet of physical distancing

☐ Close or reconfigure worker common spaces and high density areas of facilities where workers are likely to congregate (e.g., break rooms, eating areas) to allow 6 feet of physical distancing

☐ Require face coverings for all customers and workers, except where an individual is unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition or disability

☐ Require workers to wear gloves, gowns or smocks, and prescription glasses, safety glasses or goggles

☐ Install physical partitions between workstations where feasible. Physical partitions must be at least 6 feet in height

☐ Contactless payment methods are encouraged

HYGIENE PROTOCOLS

Apply robust hygiene protocols

☐ Ensure access to handwashing facilities on site, including soap and running water, and allow sufficient break time for workers to wash hands frequently; alcohol-based hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol may be used as an alternative

☐ Supply workers at workplace location with adequate cleaning products (e.g., sanitizer, disinfecting wipes)

☐ Require glove changes and handwashing before and after each customer

☐ Do not permit sharing of tools and supplies between workers (shears, combs, brushes, etc.)

☐ Use clean capes for each customer

☐ Workers should change into a clean smock or gown between each client. Consider using disposable capes and smocks. Reusable capes, towels, gowns should be laundered between each use.

☐ Disinfect all tools between customers

☐ Post visible signage throughout the site to remind workers and clients of hygiene and safety protocols

STAFFING & OPERATIONS

Include safety procedures in the operations

☐ Limit service to hair services only (haircuts, color, blow drying and treatments). Non-hair services are not permitted (eyebrows, beard trimming, lip waxing, manicures, etc.)

Provide training to workers on safety standards, up-to-date safety information and precautions including hygiene and other safety measures

☐ Adjust workplace hours and shifts (working teams with different schedules or staggered arrival / departure) to minimize contact across workers and reduce congestion

☐ Close waiting areas and ask customers to wait outside or in cars until it is time for their appointment

☐ Require customers to make an appointment in advance to receive service

☐ Maintain a log of workers and customers to support contact tracing (name, date, time, contact information) if needed

☐ Remove non-essential amenities (magazines, customer-facing water or coffee, coat rooms etc.)

☐ All workers must stay home if feeling ill

☐ Workers who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 according to the Centers for Disease Control (e.g., due to age or underlying conditions) are encouraged to stay home

☐ Encourage workers to self-identify symptoms or any close contact to a known or suspected COVID-19 case to the employer

☐ Encourage workers who test positive for COVID-19 to disclose to the workplace employer for purposes of cleaning / disinfecting and contact tracing. If the employer is notified of a positive case at the workplace, the employer shall notify the local Board of Health (LBOH) in the city or town where the workplace is located and assist the LBOH as reasonably requested to advise likely contacts to isolate and self-quarantine. Testing of other workers may be recommended consistent with guidance and / or at the request of the LBOH

☐ Post notice to workers and customers of important health information and relevant safety measures as outlined in the Commonwealth’s Mandatory Safety Standards for Workplace

 

CLEANING & DISINFECTING

Incorporate robust hygiene protocols

☐ Conduct frequent cleaning and disinfection of site (at least daily, and more frequently if feasible)

☐ Keep cleaning logs that include date, time, and scope of cleaning

☐ Conduct frequent disinfecting of heavy transit areas and high-touch surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, rolling carts, bathrooms)

☐ In event of a positive case, shut down site for a deep cleaning and disinfecting of the workplace in accordance with current CDC guidance

☐ Disinfect tools between customers (e.g., shampoo bowls, chairs and headrests, shears, combs, brushes,, razors, styling tools)

Phase II Downloads

These are updated documents for Phase II of the reopening plan.

Additional Resources

Phase I Downloads and Translations

Additional resources below, including easy print versions of the sector-specific circular and checklist.

Additional Resources

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