Beauty Link - Volume 1, Issue 2 - (Page 46)

Q | reg ulator y i ss ues | R PROTECTING YOURSELF AND CLIENTS K irb y Mor r i s T 46 Tools of the Trade: Those, for me, would be my comb and shears, but there are some tools that we all should have when starting with a license. The license is a statement from the state in which you are working of documentation that you have the knowledge, skills and abilities to charge for services that fall within the scope of practice without harming the health, safety and welfare of the public or yourself. Every teacher should make sure that every student gets their hands on the candidate information bulletin or brochure that the state provides. No matter what state you’re in, there will be such a preparation tool to give you a blueprint of the licensure exam (these will be available for both the theory and practical exams). Also most states include verbal instructions that will be read at the examinations. Help your students by reducing candidate anxiety and making sure they know what to expect. There are other tools that one must possess in order to practice, one of which would be a hospital-grade disinfectant for the sink, chair, work area and any tools coming in contact with a client. There are so many disinfectants out today, but just saying “disinfectant” is not enough. If the disinfectant is virucidal, bactericidal and fungicidal, then it meets the hospital-grade standard. If a disinfectant is tuberculocidal, it also meets the standard. But remember when you use a tuberculocidal disinfectant on plastic implements and you leave it in too long, it will leave behind a grey fi lm. There is discussion in the disinfectant industry as to whether or not tuberculocidal is environmentally friendly and concern that tuberculosis is an airborne pathogen. Remember that you must mix any disinfectant according to manufacturer’s directions and completely submerge all tools for the proper time allotment, rinse and store in a covered area. Along the same line REMEMBER THAT of thought is spray disinfectant for your clipper blades; remember to disinYOU MUST MIX ANY fect them between every client. The fl at plastic cover that comes with your DISINFECTANT ACCORDING TO clippers should always be placed over blades when not in use, especially if MANUFACTURER’S DIRECTIONS you are leaving them out, on a hook at or in the work area. AND COMPLETELY SUBMERGE ALL All students or practicing barbers, cosmetologists, estheticians and nail TOOLS FOR THE PROPER TIME ALLOTMENT, RINSE AND STORE IN technicians should understand that you should always sanitize your hands and disinfect objects, which brings us to the next tool we should have, a A COVERED AREA. hand sanitizer. You can wash your hands with appropriate soap and water (please visit to download free hand-washing standards and posters), use a hand sanitizer before and after each client or anytime contamination of the hands happens. Be aware of all the contamination issues, as hand-to-hand contact is the most common way to transfer things like Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) – also known as the Deadly Super Bug. According to USA Today, 160,000 Americans were diagnosed with MRSA last year and 5,000 of them died. We always need to sanitize our hands and use neck strips or towels to protect our clients. Kirby Morris is a Wyoming Board of Cosmetology member, past president of the National Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology, coordinator of the National Practical Examination Program, and chairman of the International Cosmetology Licensing Organization. He can be reached at or | B EA U TY LIN K | T O O LS O F T HE T RADE 2 0 0 9

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Beauty Link - Volume 1, Issue 2

Beauty Link - Volume 1, Issue 2
Message from the AACS President and CEA Chair
The Workings of Washington
The Ergonomics of Cosmetology
Creating the Perfect Brow
Smart Technology
Is Your Web Site Hooking Visitors?
And Then There's Compliance
Voices from the Classroom
Marketing to Male Clientele
Lasers in the Esthetics Industry: Past, Present and Future
Unemployment’s Influence
2009 AACS Select Industry Partners
The Less Common Road
Candid Cameras
Regulatory Issues
CEA Convention
Early Warning Indicators
Beauty Schools 101
Multicultural Corner
Upcoming Events
New Products & Services
People & Places
2009 AACS Spring Management Conference
New School Member Profile
Look Who's Reading
Index to Advertisers

Beauty Link - Volume 1, Issue 2