Nail Salon Sanitation Requirements
Salon sanitation is one of the most important aspects of the nail salon industry. Proper sanitation prevents the spread of fungal and bacterial diseases from one client to the next and helps to ensure safe working conditions
within the salon. Most states complete annual reviews and applicable updates to nail salon sanitation requirements to ensure that the standards offer the most effective approach in reducing client infection.
Along with the required education needed to obtain a nail technician license, most State’s Department of
Cosmetology require all licensed manicurists, operators and manicure instructors to complete at least two hours of
sanitation education to meet continuing education requirements. These continuing education hours must be completed
prior to the expiration of the current license in order to renew the license.
All nail salons are required to use sterilizers approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to sanitize metal implements. For proper sterilization, the implements must first be cleaned with hot water and soap, disinfected in wet sanitizer and then sterilized with an authorized autoclave, ultraviolet sanitizer or dry heat sterilizer. Users must operate the sterilizer according to the manufacturer’s instruction to ensure proper sterilization.
Nail salons that complete pedicure and other foot-related services are required to meet foot spa sanitation requirements. Under most State Cosmetology Laws, all foot spa systems must be drained, cleaned and disinfected both between customers and at the end of each day. The systems must also be drained, flushed, cleaned and sanitized every two weeks. All sanitation efforts must be recorded in a written log.
To ensure proper sterilization and prevent the spread of disease, most nail salons are prohibited from employing a nail technician, instructor or other employee who carries an infectious or contagious disease. Check for this rule under your states’ cosmetology law. However, certain protections are afforded under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Though it may be ideal for each nail technician to sanitize his own implements, most states cosmetology law reads that it is the responsibility of the nail salon owner to ensure that all implements are properly sanitized and sterilized according to regulations. It is also the owner’s responsibility to ensure that the establishment maintains sanitary conditions and meets the sanitation regulations as detailed in Cosmetologists Laws and Rules book, which is updated annually.