Our Risk Assessment

The Post COVID-19 Risk Assessment Carried Out by Smith & Smith Hair Salon in Loughborough

This risk assessment was updated on 8th August 2021 by Sophie Smith, Director at Smith & Smith Hair Salon in Loughborough. We will review the risks on an ongoing basis.

Risk Type

Reception area, cross contamination through bookings and payments.

Measures to Minimise Risk – Staff and clients 

  • When possible keeping the salon door open to allow fresh air into the building
  • No walk-in appointments
  • Clients to be told when booking about the salon changes
  • Clients will be asked to cancel if they feel unwell
  • A screen to be fitted at the reception desk and masks and face shield to be worn at all times
  • Payments to be preferably made by card and card machines disinfected after each use                                                                      
  • Signs in reception area to keep clients 2 meters apart                                   
  • Reception and waiting area disinfected regularly including door handles and stairs                                                                                         
  • Clients to hang up their own coats and keep belongings with them in the baskets provided  

Action to be taken

  • Make sure PPE is available at all times
  • Antibacterial hand gel available for all clients and staff
  • All safety information passed onto clients and staff

 Risk Type

Cross Contamination in the wash house 

Measures to Minimise Risk – Staff and clients 

  • All staff and clients to wear masks at all times.
  • Barriers between wash basins fitted for clients safety
  • All basins taps and seats to be disinfected after each use
  • Limit the time client is in the wash house, i.e. toners to be applied in the salon
  • Treatments to come into the salon when they have been applied
  • Staff to wash hands before and after entering the wash house

Action to be taken

  • Cleaning products to be available in the wash house at all times                               
  • Remove wash house doors for ventilation 

Risk Type

  • Cross contamination at the cutting stations
  • Clients being too close together

Measures to Minimise Risk – Staff and clients 

  • Clients to be seated in designated seats so social distancing is applied
  •  Staff to wear masks at all times and clients to be asked to wear a mask but this is now not mandatory. 
  • Any cutting or drying equipment including brushes, product’s, gowns & towels to be placed in the provided basket when finished & sterilised between each client
  • Work top, mirror, and chairs to be thoroughly cleaned and sterilised between each client
  • Trolleys and stools to be sanitised after each use
  • Cutting collars to be disinfected after every use
  • Hood dryer cleaned after every use
  • Covid tests recommended to all team to be done twice a week

Action to be taken

  • PPE to be available
  • Cleaning stations throughout the salon

Risk Type

Contamination in toilets and wash areas  

Measures to Minimise Risk – Staff and clients 

  • Toilets to be spray disinfected after every use
  • Hand wash soap, hand sanitiser and disposable paper towels to always be available
  • Bins emptied regularly

Action to be taken

Disinfectant spray to be used on door handles, toilet seat, flush, sink and taps. 

Risk Type

Over crowding in the salon, being unable to socially distance.  

Measure to Minimise Risk – Staff and clients

  • Only 6 stylists allowed to work at the same time using both floors
  • Client numbers to be limited to 14 including clients waiting so social distance can be obtained at all times 
  • Clients asked not to arrive early or late for their appointments and to come alone
  • Children will not be allowed in the salon unless having their hair cut 

Action to be taken

Client numbers need to be monitored when booking appointments. 

Risk Type

Lack of PPE 

Measure to Minimise Risk – Staff and clients

  • Levels of all PPE should be monitored daily to make sure levels are kept high 
  • This will be all of the staff’s responsibility
  • Clients will be asked to wear masks, we will provide them if needed

Action to be taken

  • Stock list for PPE to be created

Risk Type

Inappropriate cleaning and hygiene. 

Measure to Minimise Risk – Staff and clients

  • Salon, doors, handles, surfaces, and toilets to be disinfected regularly
  • All salon work spaces to be cleaned after every client
  • All hair kits to be sterilised after each client
  • Salon deep cleaned every evening
  • Staff to have clean uniform and hair daily and to keep hair tied up if possible
  • Hands to be washed regularly throughout the day

Action to be taken

Inform clients at the time of booking.

Risk Type

Client or staff requiring First Aid.

Measure to Minimize Risk – Staff and clients

  • First aid only given by designated first aider
  • If first aid is needed the first aider should protect themselves with full PPE including mask, face shield, gloves, and apron
  • First aid kit will be fully stocked. 

Action to be taken

Check first aid kit and certificates.

Risk Type

Staff belongings and break/lunch arrangements not followed.

Measure to Minimize Risk – Staff and clients

  • All staff belonging will be stored in the staff room including coats to stop cross contamination
  • Food and drinks are not aloud on the salon floor or in the dispensary
  • All breaks must be taken in the staff room or outside and social distance
  • If using the kitchen or eating area staff must disinfect where they have used and wash all pots in hot soapy water
  • Hands must be washed before re entering the salon floor and clean PPE used
  • All staff should try to social distance as much as possible
  • Phones are not allowed on the salon floor

Action to be taken

  • Cleaning products available at all times
  • PPE to be added to colour bar upstairs 

Risk Type

Suspect Covid 19 or illness in staff.

Measure to Minimize Risk – Staff and clients

  • All staff will be asked not to come to work if they feel unwell
  • If any team members have symptoms of Covid 19 they will be asked to self-isolate and book a Covid test as soon as possible. If the test is positive they must self isolate for 10 days. 
  • If the symptoms start at work they will be asked to go straight home or go into the office next to the staff room to self-isolate until they can leave
  • All areas that they have been must be deep cleaned after
  • Any illness or Covid symptoms must be reported to the Covid (SPOC) Sophie Smith

 

 

 

 

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