If you autoclave your instruments and practice the highest levels of salon sanitation, there’s a website that should interest you. WeSterilize.com was created by podiatrist Robert Spalding to help consumers find salons and techs they can feel confident about when it comes to their safety. This regional directory lists salons that sterilize their tools and practice “aseptic” techniques (which my dictionary defines as “free from pathogenic organisms”). More good news — membership is free for 2008 and 2009.
Here’s a checklist of qualifications to be listed on the site:
√ The use of sterilization with an autoclave and sealed pouches for metal implements
√ Proper preparation of the implements before sterilization
√ Dust-free surfaces in the salon
√ A clean and uncluttered environment throughout the salon
√ The disinfection of all equipment (including the pedicure bath) with an EPA-registered disinfectant and according to your state protocols
√ The client must wash his/her hands prior to the service
√ The service provider must wash his/her hands prior to the service
√ Laundered, first-use linens are used in salon services
√ Pre-service health screening is practiced, such as the use of a new client sheet and examination of the hands and feet before the service
More information can be found at www.westerilize.com. You can also contact Dr. Spalding via e-mail or call (423) 756-FOOT.