With suggestions of lockdown rules being eased over the coming weeks, businesses of all shapes and sizes will have to adapt to a variety of new working conditions. This includes the hair and beauty industry, with artists of all kinds needing to ensure they are operating in a safe manner.
This will mean conducting regular risk assessments; assessments that aim to create a picture of what risks you face of contracting Covid-19 during those initial few months post-lockdown.
Being completely new territory for the majority of HMUAs, we understand that the thought of creating such a document can be overwhelming. This is why below we will run through top questions to ask when carrying out a risk assessment.
Has the customer or anyone in their household contracted Covid-19?
The objective for everyone is understandably to steer clear of hazards, giving those who have been infected or been in contact with those infected a wide birth. This is why anyone conducting a risk assessment needs to know whether or not the customer they are visiting or is visiting them poses a risk of infecting them/their staff.
Can tools be sanitised properly?
Whether on a mobile call-out or inviting a customer into your salon, you will need to ensure that you have access to everything you need to effectively clean and sterilise your equipment. Whether that be running water, sanitiser spray or the right cloths, asking the question will ensure you have covered yourself wholly.
Do I need PPE?
PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) acts as a sort of shield between those wearing it and the people they come into contact with. Utilised mostly by people working on the front line, PPE has been integral in slowing down the spread of Coronavirus. However, many hair and beauty professionals are starting to invest in PPE ahead of returning to work, upping their level of protection tenfold.
Is it worth the risk?
When carrying out your risk assessment you will quickly learn that every job has a risk involved. This is why it is important for you to gauge whether the risk is worth the reward. While it may be a job that pays well and could result in repeat business, is it worth risking your health for?
How we are helping HMUAs
The Glamdeva team has been busy helping HMUAs prepare for returning to work, ensuring they have their professional accounts set up and ready to showcase their services. If you are looking for a way to conjure up interest and generate more bookings for your hair/beauty business, create an account with us today.