Hand washing and hand care are the first steps in any infection control program to prevent the transfer of micro-organisms. Cuts and abrasions on exposed skin must be covered by a water re sistant occlusive dressing which should be changed as necessary or when the dressing becomes soiled. The surface of hands and nails must be cleaned before contact with a client. Hands should be protected from chafing by using moisturising creams. Hand washing facilities must be located within the treatment room and be equipped with taps that can be turned on and off without the use of hands.
To protect themselves and the client from micro-organisms, the beauty therapist’s hands must be washed at the following times;