The permanent makeup industry is not one of the best-prepared industries for the safe re-opening and return to work. As it is an unregulated industry here in Ireland, however as a Registered Nurse I have had to be my own regulator.
Having been a nurse for 39 yrs, worked in hospitals for 29 yrs, theatres for 10 years, my knowledge of blood borne pathogens, sterility, cross contamination is exemplary , however Covid is new- therefore extra trainings were undertaken during lockdown to ensure we can protect you.
We already know and understand appropriate cleaning and disinfection practices to ensure our clients’ safety while performing procedures. With that in mind, we must continue to implement our regular cleaning protocols, along with introducing new procedures based on recommendations by our governments and regulatory bodies, to ensure the containment and eradication of COVID-19, and to keep ourselves and our clients safe.
To help, we have compiled a list of guidelines for the safe re-opening of permanent makeup studios as recommended by the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals, the Alliance of Professional Tattooists, the Body Art Education Alliance, Perma Blend, and the Association of Professional Piercers.
During this pandemic, information continues to evolve very quickly on a daily basis. BrowtiqueCork will make every effort to ensure regular updates of this document as new and better information becomes available. If you have suggestions for improvements to this article, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a reminder, it is important to follow local, state or provincial, and national guidelines normally, however as there is no blueprint for these in Ireland I have sought the advices of my Tattoo colleagues in UK and USA.
This means taking measures to keep yourself informed of what these rules, guidelines, and policies are and regularly researching updated information from reliable sources.
HSE have granted us permission to return to work Aug 10, here are some guidelines on how to do so safely.
Prior to Opening:
Once we to re-open August 10, we will consider a very limited schedule, in the beginning, to assess protocols and adjust as necessary.
Many are reconsidering face-to-face consultation appointments and are conducting them virtually and/or at the scheduled appointment time. Modification to client intake forms and information provided to clients should be expected.
Talking will be kept at a minimum and explained to the client that more particulates are expelled during conversation. There is also evidence that nasal breathing will produce less moisture than mouth breathing, and the nasal passage is the first line of defence. The SPCP Best Practices Committee has discussed that in the early return to work stages, professionals may wish to consider only brow tattooing to avoid other potentially infectious materials – (OPIM or all fluids under universal or standard precautions). Clients should wear masks, especially since they often sneeze during brow procedures.
Browtique Cork Registered Nurse has always strived to support the permanent makeup community. Now, more than ever, we will continue to update and inform you on best practices to keep you and your clients safe. We’re here for you. We got this!