Salon Sanitation

Test Your Sanitation Knowledge

Take this quick quiz to see where you stand on sanitation. Pencil ready? Get set. Go.

Answer Key


1.False. Some bacteria are beneficial and even help with things such as digestion.


2.True. Clients or inspectors may ask to see the log as evidence that proper cleaning is taking place. Be ready to answer any questions they may have about the process.


3. False. EPA-registered means the product has been registered with the Environmental Protection Agency.


4.False. Hand-washing will remove many, but not all, disease-causing pathogens when done properly. It is one of the best ways to stop the spread of germs in the salon.


5. False. Spores are difficult to kill. Never attempt to treat a suspected disease in the salon.


 6.  b. Most states now post regulations online.


 7.  b. Accidents happen. It’s always a good idea to have backups of disinfected implements in case one malfunctions or is dropped.


 8.  d. Just keep it clean. It’s not worth the risks.


 9.  c. Disinfection is used on implements and equipment to eliminate virtually all pathogenic microorganisms. Sanitization must take place before disinfection in the form of pre-cleaning to rid the items of soil and debris. Living human tissue is not disinfected.


10. a. Items must be pre-cleaned and then remain wet or submerged in disinfectant for a specified period of time to work effectively. Check labels for the specific kill time required.


11. b. Ventilation removes some of the contaminants from the salon air by exhausting it to the outside air.


12. d. Go ahead, make a production of sanitation. Clients and employees should be well informed.


13. a. Always mix up fresh “quats” solution according to the label instructions and dispose at the first sign of contamination or visible debris, or when it has expired. Label containers with the date/time mixed to track it. And, yes, pre-cleaning is required.


14. c. As long as the item is appropriate for home use there is nothing wrong with gifting it to the client instead of throwing it away. Under no circumstances should it be reused.



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