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Safety First [a guide to keep your salon safe]

It’s the end of a long day. You’re filing toenails and tired when your file slips and slices into the toe, drawing blood. What do you do? An elderly client stumbles and takes a bad fall to the ground. What do you do? A fellow nail tech is pregnant and working beside you when her water suddenly breaks. What do you do?

Accidents and emergencies in salons can happen. Some will be more common and less severe, like nicks on the hands or feet, while other more dramatic scenarios may never happen while you’re on the job. But it’s important for you to know how to handle both extremes — and all the accidents in between — just in case. We talked to doctors, the American Red Cross, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), as well as the Center for Disease Control (CDC), to provide you with some basic tips on how to properly address injuries that may happen in your salon. Visit our Handouts Page for the full story and printable first aid resources.

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