June 1, 2005
An outbreak of bacterial infections linked to pedicure foot spas poses new mysteries for public health detectives. It also shows there is still a lot of confusion among nail technicians and salon owners about proper cleaning procedures. To protect yourself, do your homework!
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April 1, 2005
Talk about getting back to basics! We learn in kindergarten to wash our hands and keep our things clean. Cleaning your implements is the ultimate “back to basics” step you can take, and it is reassuring to clients and coworkers alike. Each state in the union has its own regulations regarding specifically how metal (non-porous) implements are to be cleaned or disinfected. While the rules don’t vary substantially from state, there are nuances that you need to be aware of.
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March 11, 2005
It’s been more than four years, but the victims haven’t quite been able to forget what happened to them. They still have scars on their shins and lower legs, reminders of the bacteria they were infected with after getting pedicures at Fancy Nails, a salon in Watsonville, Calif., that has since closed. Although it may not get rid of the unsightly scars, 73 people will split about $3 million after settling a lawsuit with the salon.
Keywords: lawsuits pedicure sanitation salon sanitation staph infections Watsonville
March 3, 2005
More than 130 people in the San Jose, Calif., area have reported bacterial infections after receiving pedicures at several salons.
Keywords: pedicure safety staph infections Watsonville
February 1, 2005
Several San Jose, Calif.-area nail salons are currently under investigation after more than 50 people were affected by a bacterial infection after receiving pedicures.
Keywords: California state regulations pedicure safety staph infections state licensing Watsonville
December 1, 2003
Good or bad, odor reveals little about salon air quality. Even if your salon rates "sweet" on the smell scale with employees or clients, depend on more reliable measures than your nose to rate your salon's air quality.
Keywords: air quality healthy working masks OSHA salon odors
July 1, 2002
It doesn't show our industry in the best light, but it keeps us on our toes.
Keywords: As I See It negative industry press pedicure safety pedicure sanitation
December 1, 2001
You need to give your drill some TLC if you want it to last a long time — and do its job properly. Keeping it clean and dust-free are the first steps to keeping an electric file in good condition.
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August 1, 2001
Do you disinfect your hand and foot files before using them on clients? New regulations in California may cause you to think twice before reusing them. Make sure you’re up to date on the dos and don’ts of proper nail file disinfection.
Keywords: files implement disinfection
August 1, 2001
You might think – and more importantly clients might think – that dipping multiple sets of hands and feet into the same pool of warm paraffin every day is a less than sanitary situation. You’d be wrong.
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March 1, 2001
NAILS shows you how to keep your pedicure spa clean and protect your clients. By following a few simple steps and using inexpensive cleaning products, you can protect the health of your clients and your business against bacterial infections.
Keywords: pedicure safety pedicure spas Watsonville
November 1, 2000
Research on handwashing techniques in hospitals has found thatthe traditional surgical scrub, where people take a brush or sponge and vigorously wash all the way up the arm, are not only unnecessary, but even counter-productive.
Keywords: handwashing salon sanitation
October 1, 2000
I’m suggesting that as an informal movement to prepare ourselves for whatever new or old clients come through our doors, we designate October National Wash Your Hands Month!
Keywords: As I See It
February 1, 2000
If you believe CNN, you may have to say farewell to some of your clients in the medical field, or at least transition them to natural nails.
September 1, 1998