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What is the health risk? 

Instruments and equipment used for facials may become contaminated with blood or body fluids carrying blood-borne diseases such as HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or other infectious agents such as bacteria or fungi.

You do not have to see blood or body fluids on instruments for an infection to occur.
Clean and disinfect or sterilize instruments between clients.
Both the worker and the client can develop or spread an infection during a facial.

  • Thoroughly wash your hands before and after each client using liquid soap and warm water. Use disposable paper towel to dry your hands after washing.
  • During facial extractions, single-use, disposable gloves should be worn for each client and discarded after each client.
  • Discard used needles immediately after use, into a labeled container.  Never overfill, empty or touch contents of a sharps container.
  • Do not discard sharps into the municipal garbage. Sharps containers must be picked up by a licensed biomedical waste hauler.
  • Get vaccinated. Hepatitis B vaccination is strongly recommended.
  • Needles must be pre-packaged, sterile and single-use.  Needles can never be re-used even on the same client.
  • Reusable instruments/equipment that come into direct contact with the client’s skin, such as extractors, must be cleaned with soap and water and then disinfected after each client using, at a minimum, intermediate level disinfectant such as 70% isopropyl alcohol and given 10 minutes of contact time.
  • Single-use, disposable items, such as facial sponges and applicators, must be discarded after each client. 
  • Single-use, disposable applicators must be used to dispense creams, lotions, and other skin care products if applied directly onto skin.  Do not “double dip” as this can cause infections.
  • Water used in facial steamers must be changed at least once a day.
  • Used towels, sheets and linen must be laundered after each client and stored in a sanitary manner.
  • Work surfaces, such as tables and headrests, must be cleaned and then disinfected using a low level disinfectant, such as 1 tsp of bleach with 10 cups of water, after each client. 
  • Keep records of accidental blood and body fluid exposure records for five years and on-site for a minimum of one year.

Adapted from and used by permission of the Durham Region Health Department and Toronto Public Health

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Revised: Friday April 03 2020

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