Pulling Back the Curtain...

Most of these guidelines are NOT new and Zen Nail Lounge and Oasis has already been following them with few if any exceptions from the beginning.

The question is, does your nail salon follow these guidelines?

If not, maybe you should consider a different nail salon.

IL Department of Public Health (IDPH)

and COVID-19 Best Practices

 

Social Distancing = 6' apart

Pursuant to Executive Order 2020-32 (Stay at Home Order), your employer must comply, to the greatest extent feasible, with social distancing requirements. This means that your employer should:

•   Make sure that you can maintain at least 6 feet of physical separation between yourself and others around you, including your co-workers and customers.

•   Mark with signage or tape 6-foot spacing for employees and customers to maintain appropriate distance from one another.

•   Provide face coverings to employees, especially when it is not possible to maintain at least 6 feet of space between you and another person.

•   Provide handwashing stations with soap, clean water, and single use paper towels and encourage frequent handwashing for 20 seconds or longer.

•   Provide hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol) & sanitizing products for employees and customers.

•   Regularly clean high-touch surfaces including doorknobs, light switches, shared equipment, toilet handles, sink faucets, and clock in/out areas.

 

Do Not Work if You Are Sick:

You should not report to work if you are experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), including fever (100.4° or above), cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, chest tightness, extreme fatigue, loss of sense of taste or smell, diarrhea, muscle aches, or headaches.

 

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, stay home and call your doctor.

Who You Can Contact if You Have Concerns About Social Distancing in Your Workplace.

If you have concerns that your employer is not allowing for safe social distancing or that it is not maintaining a safe and sanitary work environment to minimize the risk of spread of COVID-19, please contact the Workplace Rights Bureau of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office at 844-740-5076 or workplacerights@atg.state.il.us.

 

If you believe that two or more employees at your workplace have COVID-19, please notify your local public health department. A list of local health departments can be found here:    http://www.idph.state.il.us/IDPHPrograms/v_LHDDirectory/Show-V-LHDDirectory-Public.aspx.

 

Pursuant to Section 25(b) of the Whistleblower Protection Act, 740 ILCS 174, businesses are prohibited from retaliating against an employee for disclosing information when the employee has reasonable cause to believe that the information discloses a violation of a state or federal law, rule, or regulation.

 

For more information about COVID-19, including ways to protect yourself and others, visit the Illinois Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 website: https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19

  • Wash Your Hands Often

  • Always wear a mask and gloves while servicing a guest

  • Do not touch your face or hair unless you just washed your hands

  • Dispose of all non-metal tools after each use

  • Disinfect all metal tools after each use before they are used on your next guest

  • Wipe and disinfect all high touch surfaces at your manicure station after every manicure

  • Cover pedicure chair before each pedicure

  • Remove and dispose of pedicure chair cover after every pedicure

 

 

Follow all Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)

 

Pedicure Equipment Cleaning and Disinfecting Procedures
 

The following procedures, as developed by the International Nail Technicians Association, shall be followed for all pedicure equipment such as whirlpool pedicure foot spas, self-contained foot basins, sinks and pedicure bowls:

 

1) After each client:

A) Drain all water from the foot spa, pedicure basin or bowl;
B) Clean the interior surfaces and walls of the foot spas or basin with soap or detergent to remove all visible debris; rinse with clean, clear water;
C) Disinfect by spraying the interior surface of the foot basin or bowl with either an EPA registered disinfectant (demonstrated bactericidal, fungicidal, and viricidal activity used according to manufacturer’s instructions), or 10% bleach solution; and,
D) Wipe dry.

 

2) At the end of every day, after the last client:

A) Perform the procedures of (c) (1) ;
B) Remove the screen from whirlpool basin. All debris trapped behind the screen of each foot spa shall be removed with a brush and soap or detergent; then the screen and the inlet shall be cleaned to remove all visible debris with soap or detergent and water;
C) Before replacing the screen, totally immerse the screen in either an EPA registered disinfectant or 10% bleach solution;
D) Fill the basin with warm water and low-sudsing soap, turn the system on and flush the spa system for 5 minutes, then rinse and drain.

3) Once every week:

A) Repeat the procedures of (c) (2); then fill the foot spa or basin with cold water and one tablespoon of 5.25% liquid household bleach (or the equivalent) for each one gallon of water based on the capacity of unit;
B) Turn unit on and circulate the bleach solution through the system for 5 to 10 minutes; turn unit off;
C) Let the bleach solution sit in the spa or pedicure basin overnight (at least 6 – 10 hours);
D) The following morning, and before the first client, drain bleach solution;
E) Fill the basin with clean water, turn the system on and flush the system with clean water and drain;
F) Make a record of the date and time of this cleaning and disinfecting. The record for the last 90 days shall be readily accessible and available upon client or inspector request. Separate logs for weekly and daily procedures are needed but may be kept in the same document log.

 

Whirlpool Foot Spa Safety Fact Sheet:

Zen does NOT use whirlpool foot spa chairs because bacteria will grow in the circulation pump and pipes. Since we opened, we have used chairs that use air bubbles inside a disposable foot bowl liner resulting in NO cross contamination, guaranteed! Our chairs are more expensive but, you are worth it!

Click this button see the kind of chairs we use.

 

 

Skin Infection & Whirlpool Footbath FAQs:

 

What is the problem?

One Illinois woman reported a skin infection and boils that have been traced to contaminated foot spas used by nail salons. A recent outbreak in California resulted in over 100 women with similar infections. When these customers soaked their feet in the footbath as part of their pedicures, they became infected. Because the footbaths had not been properly cleaned, hair and skin debris build­up behind a screen in the tub basin allowed bacteria to grow to unusually high levels.

What do these infections look like?

Skin boils usually start out looking like a spider bite that gradually grows in size and eventually produces pus. Boils sometimes become open wounds and may leave scars.

What causes these infections?

These infections are caused by Mycobacterium fortuitum and other related mycobacteria. We come into contact with this type of bacteria everyday because it is normally found in water and soil.

How common are these types of skin infections?

 

These infections are relatively rare. If salon whirlpool footbaths are cleaned and disinfected properly, and in accordance with the guidelines issued jointly by the Illinois Departments of Public Health and Financial and Professional Regulation, the risk of these infections is very small.

How are these infections treated?

These infections can be treated with antibiotics. In some cases, these boils will heal without treatment.

What should I do if I have a skin infection that may be from a salon whirlpool footbath?

 

Go to your doctor. Tell him or her that you have had your legs in a whirlpool footbath. If indicated, the doctor can take a small biopsy of a boil for mycobacterial culture. Also, please call the Division of Professional Regulation 312/814­6910 to report any problems you believe are a result of your salon, or file a complaint by e­mail.

What can I do to protect myself?

  • First, do not have a pedicure with freshly shaved legs or with open wounds on your legs or feet. In the California outbreak, shaving ones legs within 24 hours before a pedicure was a significant risk factor for infection.

  • Next, check out the salon. Make sure its License, and the licenses of its nail technicians and cosmetologists are posted in plain sight and that they are current;

  • Look around to see if the salon is clean, free of trash, and set up with clean, sanitized instruments;

  • Don’t be afraid to ask the operator how the foot spas are cleaned. If they hesitate or won’t answer you, it could be a sign you might want to take your business elsewhere;

  • If you have any doubts about the cleanliness standards at the salon, leave.

  • What has the State of Illinois done to protect salon clients?

  • The Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) has issued new rules requiring licensed nail salons to thoroughly clean and sanitize spa pedicure chairs on a regular basis. Even before these rules took effect, IDFPR communicated directly with every licensed salon owner, providing them with guidelines for sanitation that salons should follow.

 

The following guidance has been provided to salon staff on how foot spas are to be cleaned:

After each client:

 

  1. Drain all water from the foot spa, pedicure basin or bowl;

  2. Clean the interior surfaces and walls of the foot spas or basin with soap or detergent to remove all visible debris; rinse with clean, clear water;

  3. Disinfect by spraying the interior surface of the foot basin or bowl with either an EPA registered disinfectant (demonstrated bactericidal, fungicidal, and viricidal activity used according to manufacturer’s instructions), or 10% bleach solution; and,

  4. Wipe dry.

 

At the end of every day, after the last client:

  1. Perform the procedures of (1) ;

  2. Remove the screen from whirlpool basin. All debris trapped behind the screen of each foot spa shall be removed with a brush and soap or detergent, then the screen and the inlet shall be cleaned to remove all visible debris with soap or detergent and water;

  3. Before replacing the screen, totally immerse the screen in either an EPA registered disinfectant or 10% bleach solution;

  4. Fill the basin with warm water and low­sudsing soap, turn the system on and flush the spa system for 5 minutes, then rinse and drain.

Once every week:

 

  1. Repeat the procedures of (c) (2), then fill the foot spa or basin with cold water and one tablespoon of 5.25% liquid household bleach (or the equivalent) for each one gallon of water based on the capacity of unit;

  2. Turn unit on and circulate the bleach solution through the system for 5 to 10 minutes, turn unit off;

  3. Let the bleach solution sit in the spa or pedicure basin overnight (at least 6 – 10 hours);

  4. The following morning, and before the first client, drain bleach solution;

  5. Fill the basin with clean water, turn the system on and flush the system with clean water and drain;

  6. Make a record of the date and time of this cleaning and disinfecting. The record for the last 90 days shall be readily accessible and available upon client or inspector request. Separate logs for weekly and daily procedures are needed but may be kept in the same document log.

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