The Ajman Municipality on Thursday launched a crackdown on beauty parlours that are not meeting the health standards and are using products like black henna that could cause severe skin diseases and other problems.
Speaking to Khaleej Times, Director-General of the municipality Yahya Al Reyaysa said the inspection of beauty salons is part of the civic body’s routine health safety campaign.
“The Ajman Municipality’s top priority is public health. The continual inspections in ladies and gents salons are aimed at checking whether they are complying with the hygiene and sanitary rules laid down as part of the strategy to maintain public health and safety,” he said.
The municipality is ready to register any complaints against salons which use products that cause heath problems and it would send its inspectors to investigate the case. In case a salon is found flouting the rules, the inspector would issue a hefty fine. The salon could be close down if the violation is serious, Al Reyaysa said.
During the campaign, the inspection teams would collect samples of cosmetics, hair-clipping devices and sterilising equipment used in salons for microbiological culture and necessary tests to verify their conformity with the standards. They would also list the laser devices in use to verify their compliance with the health standards. Al Reyaysa said the municipality has intensified the campaign also to prevent the beauty salons from using certain henna brands that contain chemicals or material that could cause skin irritations.
“Monitoring beauty salons is not linked with a specific issue or timing, but rather it’s an ongoing process undertaken by the teams tasked with following up and monitoring all health aspects to ensure compliance with the international standards and practices.”
The municipality recently organised a programme with a view to raising awareness about the public health and safety stipulations to be followed, educating the salon representatives about diseases that could be contracted via tools and equipment and the preventive methods to be taken.
“Black henna and its adverse impacts on human health and skin was the main topic in the awareness programme,” he said. A large number of men’s and ladies’ salon staff participated.