f. Sanitization of Instruments. Sanitization of instruments is essential for
prevention of disease or infection. Barbers and beauticians should ensure that
instruments are cleaned immediately after use on each patron. Routine disinfecting of
barbering instruments between patrons is not required. The cleaning and disinfecting
procedures below should be followed:
(1) Razors, scissors, combs, clipper blades, and other tools should be
washed with soap and hot water to remove all film, oil, and debris. Then they should be
dried with a clean towel or clean disposable tissue.
(2) Hair and debris should be removed from the exterior surfaces of clippers
with a stiff bristle brush used only for this purpose.
(3) During a barber or beauty shop treatment, a patron may appear to have a
communicable disease. Instruments used on such a patron should be washed and
disinfected immediately after use.
(4) Barber and beauty shop personnel may disinfect instruments with any
chemical disinfectant specifically developed for barbering tools. Disinfectants must
carry a label registered by the Department of Agriculture or the Environmental
Protection Agency. All disinfectants should be used according to the instructions on the
(a) Disinfectants other than the type mentioned above may be used only
upon approval of the surgeon.
(b) Disinfecting solutions should be prepared often enough to kill
bacteria when used and at least once daily.
(5) Containers used for disinfecting barbering instruments should be large
enough to accommodate all instruments to be disinfected. In addition, they should have
covers that fit properly.
(6) At the end of each working day, all barbering tools should be washed and
(7) Barbering instruments that have been disinfected in a chemical solution
should be rinsed in running water before use on a patron.
a. Barber and beauty shops can be involved in the spread of communicable
diseases. Inspections are important for detecting any unsafe or unsanitary conditions at