IMPORTANCE OF PPE

As an advanced therapist you must keep your station clean, always. During the procedure you will be opening the skin and making your client vulnerable to the open elements. It is your duty to maintain the highest of hygiene standards.

  • Disposable PPE should be on at all times during a procedure.
  • Wash your hands before EVERY procedure.
  • Cover your couch with either barrier film OR couch roll OR both for good measure.
  • Clean down your station between each client with hospital grade cleaner or diluted bleach in a spray bottle.

ENSURE YOU ARE FULLY STOCKED UP ON PPE AND CLEANING EQUIPTMENT. IT WILL ALWAYS GET USED SO MORE OF AN INVESTMENT THEN A WASTED PURCHASE!!!

STERILISATION & HYGIENE

Sharps Box and Clinical Waste Bin – These can be purchased privately or from your local council who will collect them regularly as requested by yourself and you will be charged per collection. This is a must for any treatment using a needle or opening the skin IE. Cosmetic tattooing, micro-needling, dermaplaning. THIS IS NOT OPTIONAL AND MUST BE DONE BEFORE ANY TREATMENT IS CARRIED OUT!

Personal Hygiene

As an advanced therapist you are working in a very close proximately to your client and personal hygiene is vital.  Appropriate clothing including a disposable aprongloves and face mask must be worn during all treatments to prevent cross infection.  The therapist should wash her hands before and after every treatment using an appropriate medical cleansing solution.

Appropriate Sterilisation of Equipment

Plinths and trolleys wiped over with a suitable disinfectant between clients.  Laundry should be changed after each client and washed above 60 degrees.  Bedroll and other one-use items should be disposed of following the correct procedures. The use of disposable items is promoted to reduce the risk of cross-infection. Diluted bleach is a great product to use for cleaning down couches and its cost effective, simply put into a spray bottle and top up with water.

Sharps Injury Log

You must keep a log of all percutaneous injuries resulting from sharps. The log should contain the date and time the incident happened, a description of each incident including information on the type and brand of needle or device involved, where the incident took place, and an explanation of how the incident occurred.

Even if your client is happy to continue the treatment, and no matter how minor the incident, it must be logged in the accident and injury book for insurance purposes and to comply with Health and Safety.

Saving and Re-using needles

It is important to use a new needle for each customer. You cannot re-use a needle for another customer as this could cause cross infection/contamination.

PPE

It is imperative we wear the correct PPE to perform a tattooing treatment. At minimum you must wear an apron, gloves, face mask and either goggles or a face shield. This should all be removed immediately post treatment and changed per client.