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Lack of hygiene at beauty salons

Sajila Saseendran / 17 May 2010

DUBAI — A visit to your beauty parlour would be much safer if you carry your own beauty kit with you, especially, the foot and nail tools and shavers that could cause wounds.

This is what Dubai Municipality is encouraging customers to do for minimising the risk of infections when sharing beauty tools with others.

The move is part of an awareness campaign launched on Sunday by the civic body which recorded 2,006 violations in gents’ salons, ladies’ beauty parlours and spas in 2009.

With unhygienic and unsafe practices of disinfecting tools topping the violations detected during 25,000 inspections in all the 3,500 establishments in Dubai, the Municipality is now seeking the support of customers as well to make sure that the improper use of beauty tools does not pass infections to them.

Customers are being asked to inform the Municipality if the staff at salons and parlours are reusing disposable tools or not sterilizing reusable tools.

“We are also asking customers to either take their own kit of tools to the salons or keep it there for them to use whenever they visit there. This is preferred because you can be sure that nobody is sharing your tools,” Head of Health Control Section Hafid Ghuloom told Khaleej Times.

The month-long campaign titled ‘Together for Better Health and Safety — Dare to Share’ also educates the workers at salons and parlours, who are being asked to introduce the best practices in sterilizing their equipment and tools.

Ghuloom said the municipality was encouraging salons to use as many disposable materials as possible. Workers are also being strictly instructed to carry occupational health cards which indicate that they are free of infections like AIDS, TB and Hepatitis.

Staff not possessing valid occupational health cards also was among the most common violations.

Director of Public Health and Safety Department Redha Hassan Salman, who announced the details of violations found by around 30 male and female inspectors, said the erring establishments “were brought to compliance immediately due to the punitive measures taken by the Municipality.”

Last year, the Municipality slapped a fine of Dh20, 000 on a registered salon for operating an unlicensed cosmetic clinic, the workers of which were later arrested.

“We impose fines ranging from Dh500 to Dh50, 000 depending on the grade of the institution and the repetitions and severity of the violations. The bigger the number of customers they serve, the higher the fines would be as their unsafe practice could affect more people,” said Salman.

Earlier, Assistant Director General for General Support Services Sector Abdullah Raffia inaugurated the campaign which will hold educational events at various shopping malls.

Municipality inspectors will also visit barber shops and beauty salons to create awareness among customers and staff. — sajila@khaleejtimes.com

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