Barber/Cosmetology Licensees Guidance for Coronavirus

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Guidance for Licensees in Barber/Cosmetology Professions in Colorado regarding Coronavirus

The Office of Barber and Cosmetology Licensure is providing measures that can be taken to try and mitigate factors contributing to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) for the safety of both clients and professionals, due to the physical contact and close proximity necessitated by the professions.

These recommendations are in addition to the general advice related to COVID-19, provided by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Centers for Disease Control. These websites should be consulted frequently for updated guidance.

Due to the inability of people to social distance in virtually all services in the barber/cosmetology industry, anyone who is in a group that should be self-quarantined should not be providing or receiving services.

Below are some general guidelines to follow for those currently providing services to the public, as well as Colorado rules.

  • Providers should be especially cognizant of avoiding touching their faces or shaking hands.
  • Those with multiple tools and supplies should disinfect one set while using another.
  • Be extra vigilant providing services to vulnerable clientele. 
  • Pay extra attention to the contact time on all disinfecting products. Contact time is the amount of time an item or surface must remain wet with disinfectant to completely kill all bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Disinfecting products, depending on the products being used, vary widely in contact time. So, it is important in combating Coronavirus to read the manufacturer’s label and follow timelines exactly.
  • Temporarily consider the use of iPads or other point-of-sale electronic devices requiring signatures from various consumers throughout the day and instead have clients verbally submit debit/credit information to limit touchpoints.
  • Keep a close watch on where consumers are touching surfaces in order to identify high-traffic areas that will require cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Non-porous items cannot be disinfected (i.e. leather and leather-like surfaces). In fact, multiple disinfection attempts may actually ruin these items.  Use cleaning wipes or soap and water to wipe these items with a towel that is then washed.
  • The practice of nasal hair waxing is discouraged since it’s the first line of defense for the body.
  • If disinfecting products do not specifically list the Coronavirus due to shortened supplies, those products labeled for viruses such as HIV, hepatitis, and herpes will still have a high probability of being an effective disinfecting agent.

Please see Colorado’s Disinfecting Guide 2020 for a list of important state infection control requirements, by category. The state’s full infection rules can be found here.


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