BrowtiqueCork prep for clinic opening and Covid protection
A Better Tomorrow: Re-Opening our Business Safely;
by Olive O Sullivan May 04, 2020 ( to be updated)
We ARE still open, but in a different kind of way.
Any medical emergencies please call us on 021 4193011 for direction.
Meanwhile, here are the guidelines for clinic reopening Aug 10.
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 for the last 8 yrs as it is.
The HSE guideline is we reopen August 10.
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.
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.
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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 combined with the NSA guidelines here in Ireland.
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.
- Ensure there is a sufficient supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) and cleaning/disinfecting supplies before accepting clients. The amount and type of supplies required per client will increase significantly. We will need to calculate the number of masks, gloves and cleaning supplies you will need for a minimum two week’s supply beforehand and have started ordering them now.
- Masks will be available for both artists and clients as well as additional staff (receptionists, etc) and changed for each client entering the studio.
- A second layer of protection, such as face shields, is considered for artists extra to masks and goggles .
- Disposable aprons, sleeves, caps, or gowns provide a layer of protection; lab coats or other fabrics are not appropriate unless professionally laundered to healthcare specs and are fresh for each client.
- The Brow artist will not wear long sleeves or jewellery.
- A hand washing sink is available to both artists and clients with hand sanitiser onsite.
- Have large plastic bags for clients’ personal items if they are not leaving these items in their car.
- Adequately stock EPA-registered disinfectant wipes and liquids.
- Have an increased supply of paper towels for more frequent hand washing, including client use.
- Written protocols for cleaning and disinfection is established and displayed.
- Each professional will create their own set of protocols if working in a multi-service facility with multiple staff/employees. Each service will face different levels of exposure.
- Marking areas on the studio floor to designate a 6-foot perimeter distancing.
Client Consultations and Booking New Appointments:
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 is expected.
- Our updated website information explaining any changes being made.
- We send emails to existing clientele explaining studio protocol changes and what clients should expect.
- Create a client checklist to include their personal and family members’ health, quarantine, travel and COVID-19 exposure history, including results of any testing performed.
- Consult with an insurance company regarding COVID-19 liability as it concerns artists and businesses, employees, and clients.
- Added COVID-19 precautions that are being taken within the studio to the client information packet and/or informed consent documents.
- Clients will need to complete forms online with auto-sign prior to entering the studio.
- Aftercare instructions should also be provided electronically with intake forms.
- Determine a payment structure to avoid handling cash, our credit card machine will be sanitised before and after each transaction.
- Establish a plan in advance for taking before and after photos.
- Bookings will be spaced apart in such a way to allow ample time for additional cleaning and disinfecting of shared surfaces and spaces.
- Appointments will be spaced enough apart to support social distancing.
- Every client is screened for symptoms before appointment before entering the facility. Anyone with symptoms is immediately excluded.
- Prior to opening, we will disinfect/sanitise all surfaces that may come in contact with customers and employees.
- We will only allow customers by-appointment-only (including legal guardian or witness from the same household, and employees in the establishment). Customers should maintain social distancing.
- Limit the people in the studio and procedure rooms to client and artist only. No friends, partners or children should attend appointments (with the exception of guardians if required by law).
- Refusing service to any client who arrives with symptoms.
- We have developed and agreed to a response plan in case someone in the workplace becomes ill with symptoms of COVID-19. This plan includes at least:
- Identify a room or area where someone who is feeling unwell or has symptoms can be safely isolated
- Have a plan for how they can be safely transferred from there to a health facility.
- Know what to do if a staff member tests positive for COVID-19 during or just after their work shift
- If you develop symptoms, follow the protocol you’ve developed by the HSE, gather together the names of the people you worked with, and contact your local department of health.
- Monitor and record my temperature with a non-contact thermometer device in the facility several times a day (if allowed by local law).
- Monitor and record each client’s temperature non-contact thermometer device (if allowed by local law and client consents to this).
- With multi-use offices/studios as is the case in our rooms , clients may be asked to use the restroom before they leave home, and refrain from using the office restroom only to wash their hands on arrival.
- It is important clients come alone and the artist has performed hand washing for 20 seconds with soap and warm water prior to seeing the client.
- Once within the establishment, the client should place all belongings, including cell phones, into a bin lined with a plastic bag and immediately apply the mask provided beside the bin.
- The client is then guided to the hand washing station to wash their hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds and go directly to the procedure area. Some artists may request that the clients don gloves.
- Customers should wash and or/sanitise their hands before and after handling any papers, documents, pens, surfaces, keyboards, or devices.
- Artists and clients will take care of any phone calls necessary before entering the studio. Phones should not be used during appointments unless sanitised and covered by disposable plastic wrap.
- Confirm appointments personally by phone and review current and the past 14-day health history 24 hours in advance, including possible exposure incidents.
- We will reconsider cancellation fee policies for those clients who feel unwell and can not come to their appointment..
- Allow adequate time for cleaning/disinfecting between clients, including doorknobs, sinks, restrooms, and procedure areas. Establish a specific area for completed forms by clients if using paper forms; clipboards, pens, etc., must be disinfected.
As a reminder, gloves will be worn when touching you ,even during brow mapping, or other design work.
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.
Clients should wear masks, especially since they often sneeze during brow procedures.
- Clients will receive an electronic version of aftercare instructions, but we will review them verbally.
- It is also critical for the client to inform you if they exhibit any signs of COVID-19 after the procedure.
- If Olive has been exposed to a client who soon-after develops symptoms, the artist must follow local mandates which will likely include cancelling all clients for the next 14 days.
- Prior to closing for the day, we will disinfect/sanitise all cleanable surfaces that may have come in contact with customers and employees.
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!