State Health Department Launches New Guidelines For Hair Salon Owners And Businesses
The profession of hair salons is a cut throat business where many unsavory characters try to get into it and try to take over hair salons. These unsavory characters include illegal aliens, nannies, unlicensed personnel, and even relatives of hair salon owners. These standards apply to Hair Salons and Barber Schools as well before rescinded or amended by your state.
In New York, there was an outbreak of swine flu. This caused many people in and around the town of New York City to visit hair salons. Many of these clients included those who had been diagnosed with certain diseases. These individuals were willing to pay anything to have people remove the black heads and moles on their bodies so that they could look normal. Unfortunately, the establishments that offered these services did not have proper training or sanitary facilities to prevent the spread of the pandemic.
As soon as the outbreak was over, it was necessary for New York to enact laws that would make it easier for the authorities to close down hairdressers and hair salons that did not follow the new regulations. These laws went into effect in the summer of 2020. The first phase of the new law required all hair salons reopen their businesses after a three-day grace period. During this time, each salon was required to submit sanitary and health inspection forms to the Department of Health. Only then would new licenses to be issued.
The second phase of the new laws required hair salons to re-certify each year that they met all requirements and that they had not allowed clients to contract any disease or illness from a salon. Salon inspections are conducted by the state of New York. Each inspector is trained to check for sanitation and sanitary conditions. If a salon fails to pass these inspections, it can lose its certification, and its licenses could be suspended until it passes the inspections again.
Both the state of New York and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been putting new workers’ compensation laws into place. This is important because workers can sue their former employers if they are injured on the job. Hairdressing workers have particularly suffered because of the new laws in New York. There have been numerous worker’s compensation lawsuits against New York hair salons and their owners.
In phase two of the new laws, it is hoped that hair salons will gradually reopen their businesses and hire back some of their employees. Hairdressing is a service business and therefore employees are crucial. Part of this phased opening process is to train the employees that will be remaining in the salon so that they are aware of the regulations and are familiar with how to safely operate the equipment. Employees must also be educated on proper sanitation procedures so that they do not pass the infection back and forth between stylists and customers.
Salons in Colorado Springs will not be required to undergo inspections, because they are up to date. The inspectors will check for any safety violations or other problems. New regulations dictate that all hair salons, nail services, and barbershops must be open at all times, seven days a week. All of the establishments will need to have working toilets, running water, and sanitary conditions.
After the inspection phase, the establishments will undergo further phases to ensure that everything is in good working order. During these three months, the establishment will have to ensure that there is no pest infestation, no food contamination and that all employees and customers are kept sanitary. Every three months, an employee protocol will be developed that addresses specific issues that have surfaced throughout the business. A department head will oversee the protocols. If salons find their protocols to be inadequate, they will have to submit their protocols for review. If the review finds the salons’ protocols to be in line with the State Health Department’s guidelines, the salons will have to re-evaluate them and get back into compliance.