COVID-safe hygiene training for Beauty Therapists

Re-opening beauty salons after lockdown came with several important health caveats. These requirements, set out by the Government, included maintaining 1.5m distance between staff and clients, plus a responsibility to “maintain hygiene and frequent cleaning”.

If that sounds vague, it’s probably because the Beauty Therapy industry already had strict hygiene standards in place pre-COVID. Beauty Therapists are trained to identify and minimise health risks; for clients, themselves, and salon colleagues.

In fact, the first two units in a Diploma of Beauty Therapy specifically address hygiene, infection control, and safety:

  • Apply Safe Hygiene, Health and Work Practices (SHBXWHS001)
  • Maintain Infection Control Standards (SHBBINF001)

Before Diploma of Beauty Therapy Students even touch on treatments, they already have healthy hygienic practices down-pat.

Let’s look at these units in more detail to discover how Beauty Therapists establish a safe salon environment, during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Unit 1: Apply Safe Hygiene, Health and Work Practices

What it covers

Our first unit assesses the skills and knowledge required to follow risk-minimising work practices. To pass, Diploma of Beauty Therapy students must demonstrate competency in:

  • Following hygiene and skin penetration guidelines
  • Cleaning the work area
  • Using electricity safely
  • Identifying and reporting faults
  • Using PPE
  • Working safely and following emergency procedure

Read the full performance criteria here.

What we can learn long-term

This unit is geared towards Beauty Therapists (and Hairdressers, Barbers, Nail Technicians and Make-Up Artists) who work one-on-one with clients.

The lateral lesson, for the Beauty Therapy industry and anywhere people work in close quarters with clients, is the responsibility these professionals have to maintain the highest hygiene standards.

Unit 2: Maintain Infection Control Standards

What it covers

Infection control has perhaps never been more prevalent in Australia. Good thing, then, that the second Diploma of Beauty Therapy unit is focused on identifying and minimising infection risk in salon settings:

  • Identify, manage and control infection risks
  • Following correct sterilisation procedure to minimise infection risk
  • Maintaining a hygienic work environment
  • Complying with infection control regulations and legal obligations
  • Clinic design for infection control

Read the full list of performance criteria here.

What we can learn long-term

Beauty Therapists make independent treatment decisions; their clients put trust in their capable hands every time they visit the salon. We know COVID-19 is highly contagious and community transmission escalates quickly when hygiene standards drop.

Learning the science and skills behind infection control, not simply the reactive tactics to control an outbreak, help nip community transmission in the bud.

What else will you learn in a Diploma of Beauty Therapy?

Hygiene practices are (quite literally) only the start of your Beauty Therapy journey. A Diploma of Beauty Therapy from TrainSmart Australia goes in-depth into the practical skills, knowledge, science and business acumen you need to launch a successful career.

Download an information brochure to learn more about our Beauty Therapy course or apply online to gain your Diploma of Beauty Therapy in 2021.

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