BACTERIA IS A BEAUTY BANISHER
As service providers our goal is to send clients home feeling amazing, relaxed, and rocking beautiful manicured fingers and toes, glowing skin and trendy/healthy hair. We do our best to accomplish our goals. We use the best products and ensure we are properly trained.
We know what it takes to make our clients look their best… but do we know how to best protect our clients?
Germs and viruses will take that amazing service upside down!
Let’s take a look at some of the guidelines set out by Alberta Health Services to keep our clients looking gorgeous, glowing and most importantly germ free!
Some serious viruses and infections can be and have been known to be spread in salons and spas.
Hepatitis C, MRSA, respiratory disease, fungus and even Hot Tub Folliculitis (an infection caused by a type of bacteria that thrives in poorly sanitized foot baths) have been confirmed.
Are You Inspection Ready?
These are some of the guidelines to follow to help you protect your clients:
- All work surfaces shall be constructed of smooth, non-porous and cleanable materials (i.e. painted drywall, vinyl composite tiles, linoleum or sealed concrete, etc.).
- Work areas must be adequately lit and ventilated.
- Client contact surfaces (tables, chairs, headrests etc.) must have a smooth, non-porous and easy to clean finish.
- Adequate storage space must be available for equipment, instruments and supplies.
- Suitable garbage containers must be readily available, maintained and emptied regularly.
- Approved disinfectants for disinfecting equipment, surfaces and reusable instruments must be available.
- An acceptable skin antiseptic shall be provided for skin preparation and post treatment.
- Items, that cannot be properly disinfected/sterilized or are intended for single use, must be discarded after each client use.
- A puncture-resistant container shall be provided for the disposal of needles, razor blades and other sharp devices or instruments.
- Pigments, cosmetics and other supplies must be labeled and handled in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Chemicals, detergents and cleaners must be stored, maintained and prepared in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
The spread of these beauty banishing bacteria is completely preventable and should be the #1 priority.
So remember to follow all sanitization procedures, use the proper level disinfectants and disinfection tools because no matter how gorgeous your client looks when they leave BACTERIA IS A BEAUTY BANISHER!
Please refer to the Personal Service Regulation
and the associated Health Standards and Guidelines for a complete list of requirements.
Executive Spa Group
What is Beautiful Futures?
Beautiful Futures is a 20 week
beauty industry youth employment program funded by the Government of Canada. The program trains participants in technical and employment skills, and provides work experience opportunities to youth aged 15-30 years old that are keen on joining Alberta’s beauty industry.
Executive Spa Group (ESG)
201, 10518 82 Ave. NW
(780) 604 2772
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Mentor a Student, Make a Difference
ESG is looking for employers to participate in our ‘Beautiful Futures’ program by providing a 12-week work experience mentorship
in an entry-level position to a participant.
Beautiful Futures is funded by the Government of Canada. This program trains participants in technical and employment skills, and provides work experience opportunities to youth aged 15-30 years old that are keen on joining Alberta’s beauty industry.
Why participate as an Employer?
- A substantial wage subsidy is available for employers throughout the 12-week work experience. Employers are encouraged to continue working with youth after project completion should they wish to do so.
- Your participant will be certified and apt to provide services in the focus skill.
- Prior to their paid work experience with you, your participant will have spent eight (8) weeks with ESG acquiring employment skills such as Time Management, Conflict Management, Teamwork, Customer Service, etc.
- In the same way issues can arise with any other staff members, ESG can help you integrate your participant to your team using a solution-focused approach.
PURPOSE OF WORK EXPERIENCE
Work experience is a main component of the participants’ professional development.
1. To provide a service-oriented and educational experience where participants have the chance to apply skills learned at ESG.
2. To provide opportunities for participants to develop customer service skills.
3. To help participants advance their awareness of Alberta’s Beauty Industry.
4. To provide a practical experience where participants’ employment skills and personal suitability to the industry can be demonstrated and evaluated.
5. To provide learning opportunities including possible on-the-job training.
THE ROLE OF THE EMPLOYER
The role of the employer/supervisor includes the following responsibilities:
1. Provide an orientation to the workplace, and ongoing information as needed.
2. Select appropriate tasks or projects for professional development purposes.
3. Provide other learning experiences, including staff meetings, where the participant will integrate with the rest of your team and feel a sense of belonging to their new team.
4. Provide regular supervision, including ongoing feedback about the participant’s performance.
5. Act as a professional mentor.
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA AND OTHER FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
for FAQs including eligibility criteria to participate as an employer.
HOW DO I PARTICIPATE?
Interested in participating as an employer?
Apply OnLine to participate in this program
Executive Spa Group
201, 10518 82 Ave. NW
(780) 604 2772
Alberta’s Beauty Industry: Boundaryless Beauty Careers
What is a boundaryless career? Allan Bird, Professor of Global Business, Northeastern University, defines it as a career path in which individuals must engineer their work lives on their own.
It has been ESG’s observation that this in fact describes beauty careers. We will use this model to shed new light on the reality of beauty careers in Alberta.
According to Bird, there are 3 principles to the Boundaryless Career
- The Boundaryless Career is ill-structured.
Unlike conventional careers, in the beauty industry, progress, success, or advancement comes from mastering your skills, learning new ones, meeting new people, and networking and collaborating with new groups. Beauty careers can be very exciting if you do it right! Having great people skills is important. You don’t have to possess an outgoing personality, but because you direct your own career, you must be personable with the people you meet throughout your career.
- The Boundaryless Career is self-directed.
The beauty industry is not for everyone. If you like to play around with hair and makeup, that’s not enough to be a Professional Makeup Artist or Hair Stylist. It takes more than providing a good service to succeed in this industry. You must also have a sense of self-direction, self-motivation, and of course, an entrepreneurial spirit! The beauty industry is not for delicate wallflowers. Networking is a fun and necessary part of the job. Attending parties, events, social gatherings, and having a strong social media presence are the best ways to network…at least for an extravert!
- The Boundaryless Career has psychological benefits and costs.
There is a very attractive flexibility to the beauty industry. Some employers offer 9-5 hours, however, most employers are able to offer flexibility on work schedules due to evening and weekend work. This outside-the-box scheduling allows us to be more in control of the time we spend with our family and friends. Even more appealing, we can gain greater control by working on commission. In this arrangement, we are better able to influence our income and our schedule, a psychological benefit that comes from the independence and freedom a career in the beauty industry provides.
Other psychological benefits are creativity and self-expression. The beauty industry allows you to express yourself in ways you wouldn’t dream of in conservative careers! Mastering your skills as you explore new techniques, bringing new ideas to life in your services, reaching new depths of knowledge are all ways to enhance your creativity and attain new levels of success in the beauty industry. Self expression is an excellent way to promote yourself as a service provider. After all, your presentation speaks for your work.
As you can see, Alberta’s beauty industry offers exciting beauty careers for those who possess the right qualities! Do you?