Sanitation, Sterilization and Infection Control

About the Course
The cosmetology industry is booming. Factors that could harm the industry are insufficient sanitation and infection controls for client health and safety, or perceptions by our clients that their health may be at risk. Salon professionals must make safe sanitation techniques the foundation of their daily routines and encourage their co-workers to do the same – for the health and well-being of practitioners and clients. Sanitation and disinfection techniques to control infection have a direct impact on the health and welfare of clients and the careers of salon professionals. The importance of maintaining proper sanitation procedures cannot be overstated; it can literally be a matter of life or death. Following proper sanitation guidelines will greatly reduce the potential risks to the professional, clients and co-workers – as well as ensure the highest quality of service.

Learning objectives:
  • Describe recent events that require your knowledge of sanitation techniques.
  • Explain the difference between pathogenic and nonpathogenic bacteria.
  • Contrast disinfectants and antiseptics and explain the significance of those differences.
  • List the steps necessary to properly sanitize your hands and to disinfect, handle and store tools appropriately.
  • List infection-control responsibilities in the practice of cosmetology.
  • List infection-control responsibilities according to universal sanitation precautions.
  • Contrast sanitation and sterilization and explain the significance of those differences.