Emergency Procedures, Safety Data Sheets & Chemical Storage

Emergency Procedures

There are specific regulations to follow in case of an emergency situation. Usually, emergency situations involve bleeding cuts. The following is a list, in order, of what to do during a blood spill:

  • Stop service and wash your hands first.
  • Put on protective gloves.
  • Supply the injured person with styptic powder or spray. Styptic causes bleeding to stop when it is applied to a wound. 
  • Don't let containers, brushes, nozzles, or the styptic container touch the skin or the wound.
  • Disinfect the station and other implements with EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) registered, broad spectrum, hospital-level disinfectant.
  • Double bag all blood soiled articles and discard them. Seal completely so that no one else will come into contact with the blood.

 Recommend reviewing your state regulations for safety requirements.

Safety Data Sheets

If you own or work in a salon, you must always have Safety Data Sheets (SDS) available at all times for any chemical products; it's an OSHA requirement. These data sheets are for emergencies and provide information on ingredients that may be hazardous, as well as procedures required to control the substances in case of spills or human exposure. Chemicals must be accounted for and stored properly.

Chemical Storage

There are regulations for storing chemicals in a proper manner. Chemical containers need to be stored upright; they can’t be stored sideways or upside down. All chemical containers need to be labeled; detail all ingredients that have been added to solution. Chemical containers must be covered and sealed securely. Flammable solvents including alcohol require special storage procedures typically separate from other products.