Men Barbershops guidelines for employees and customers by MOH

Men Barbershops
Men Barbershops

Men Barbershops guidelines

Men Barbershops guidelines for employees and customers by MOH – Guidelines and requirements for customer and employee protection

  • It is preferable to receive customers through the prior reservation. And it is preferable not to wait for customers inside the barbershop.
  • In the event that this is difficult, the waiting area must be organized in a way that guarantees a distance of at least one and a half meters between each individual by placing signs on the waiting seats.
  • The allocation of a specific parking area includes spacing or parking in the car.
  • The business owner must organize work periods so that there is flexibility in work schedules. To reduce the number of people (employees and clients) at all times in order to maintain social distance.
  • Limit as much as possible face-to-face contact with clients and prevent gatherings inside the store.
    Workers should wash hands with soap and warm water for a period of no less than 40 seconds between each client. Or cleanse hands for a period of no less than 20 seconds with a sterilizer in the absence of soap and water.
  • The use of the fingerprint device in employee preparation and the use of alternative methods should be abolished.
    Access to escorts should be prohibited.
  • Shaving should be prohibited for children under seven years of age. And children ‘s barbershops must be closed during the current conditions.
  • The barber must be obligated to take the customer’s data (name and mobile number) for reference in the event of an epidemiological investigation.
  • Food and beverages should not be served only as water bottles.

Men Barbershops guidelines for employees and customers by MOH

Workers should follow the instructions regarding when what and how to best wear safety. And personal protection tools and how to best remove them. Protective tools include the following:

  • The mask: The worker must wear the mask at all times. And the customer must wear the mask as much as possible while receiving services.
  • Face shield / professional glasses: It is recommended to use a face shield or professional glasses when serving clients if available.
  • GlovesGloves should be worn by workers at customer service, and gloves should be changed after each customer.
  • Shear robe: Each customer should be wrapped with a clean cover and the disposable garment should be used after every single-use customer.
  • A uniform: employees must wear a clean piece of cleansing on a daily basis.
  • The plastic jacket (jacket): the single-use jacket must be used over the cloth and get rid of it after using it.
  • Neck strap: barbers should use protective neck-straps around each customer’s neck when cutting hair. Single-use.
  • The tools used after each customer (gloves, sheaths, etc.) should be disposed of immediately in a closed container, and it is preferable to provide single-use products for disposal immediately.
  • Shaving chairs should be disinfected after each customer with an antiseptic spray of alcoholic substances or bleaches (such as sodium hypochlorite), and the use of single-use tissue paper.
    Urge customers to bring their own personal shavers.
  • New shavers should be used for every customer such as combs, razors, barber paste brushes, and more.
  • In the event that the washbasin is used to wash the customer’s head, the worker is required to wear a muzzle/mask and to place a single-use towel on the customer’s face to protect his mouth, nose, and eye. Face shields should be used by staff who provide washing and cleaning of hair and skin.
  • It is advised to provide the service to the customer by one worker and to prevent the rotation in providing the service by more than one worker.
  • All massage services or Moroccan bath services in barbershops must be canceled under the current circumstances until further notice.
  • Restricting to shaving the head and grease, and not providing skin-cleaning services or using the twist to soften the face and the hair dye service, etc. until further notice.
  • The steam cleaner should be canceled.

Guidelines and requirements for the barber environment

  • All barber shops must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before reopening.
  • All environmental surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected routinely every two hours with disinfectants approved by the Food and Drug Authority (sodium hypochlorite) and follow the instructions shown on the packages, focusing on places where contact is more likely, such as door handles, tables, seat rests, elevator keys, etc.
  • You must ensure that the hands’ soap is available in the toilets in sufficient quantities, and make sure to clean the toilets and bathrooms every two hours and with disinfectants approved by the Food and Drug General Authority.
  • Tools should be washed with hot soapy water and then doused with antiseptic daily and frequently, and the time required for disinfection, which is usually written on the disinfectant label, must be observed.
  • Use only single-use bed sheets and towels and do not use washable towels and sheets.
  • The use of antiseptics for hands authorized by the Food and Drug General Authority and contains 60-80% of alcohol.
  • Distributing hand sanitizers in prominent places such as the entrance, reception area, work stations, toilets, etc. preferably attached to the wall.
  • There should be a record showing cleaning and disinfection times for environmental surfaces, including toilets.
  • Care must be taken to ensure a safe and healthy environment for the reception area and workstations in the barbershops by following the following guidelines:

Customer reception area and accounting

  • Encourage the use of payment using electronic payment channels and avoid dealing with banknotes at the present time as possible, or hands should be washed and disinfected after each transaction.
  • Remove all unnecessary items such as magazines, reading materials, etc. That customer may touch frequently, and it is preferable to place a transparent barrier in front of the accounting and reception area if any.
  • With regard to non-solid and window surfaces (such as curtains or carpets). It is advised to clean them, wash them periodically. And disinfect them with the appropriate and approved product. And it is preferable to dispose of them in places with frequent frequencies such as the reception and waiting area.
  • Waiting chairs should be rearranged to improve social spacing.
  • Employees should wash their hands frequently after using phones, accounting devices.
  • The client must cleanse the hands before sitting on the barber chair and after finishing

Workstations or barber chairs

  • The use of strong disinfectants can damage leather barber chairs. And fabric chairs cannot be disinfected either, so a plastic cap is recommended for every use.
  • Clean and disinfect all tools that can be reused and stored in a sealed, enclosed container.
  • Cleaning and disinfection of spray nozzles, hairdryers (showerheads), foam handles, chairs for washing, hair dye, shear, and armrest.
  • All devices, covers, scissors, scissor guards, combs, brushes, tool carts. And any other items used for customer service must be cleaned and disinfected.
  • Ensure that all products such as lotions and creams are placed in a closed container after use. If not to be disposed of and replaced.
  • All single-use items such as paper tissues and nail care tools should be disposed of as a coolant from what was previously used.
  • Removal or disposal of any product that may be contaminated due to the ineffective use of hygienic methods to be followed and replaced with a new product.
  • Clean and disinfect all bed linen baskets and the trash container. And use only those containers that can be closed and used with removable and disposable liners.
  • Ensure the distance of one and a half meters between workstations, such as chairs used for shaving. Or to place an effective barrier between them.

Watch for symptoms

  • Make a checkpoint at all entrances, including measuring the temperature with a device approved by the Food and Drug General Authority and asking about respiratory symptoms. If any (coughing or shortness of breath).
  • Training of officials at checkpoints on the method of examination and the use of a thermometer. 
  • Measuring the temperature for all employees daily before the start of the work period. Recording the temperature and communication data, and keeping them in a dedicated record. 
  •  Check the temperature for customers and ask them about respiratory symptoms before they are allowed to enter the store.
  • Not to enable any of the workers. If they have symptoms similar to the flu (heat, cough, runny nose, sore throat) to work or enter the facility until the symptoms disappear. According to the report of the attending physician.
  • Prevent customers who have a high fever or respiratory symptoms from entering the store.
  • In the event that there is housing for the workers. It is preferable to prepare an isolation room for the suspected cases of employees. The residence of the designated place for them to be isolated in them so that they are contacted by the competent authorities. (Please see the health conditions for workers’ housing to combat COVID 19 disease.)

Reporting any issues or cases

  • Reporting cases that appear among workers who have a high temperature or respiratory symptoms (coughing or shortness of breath). And suspected of being infected with the Covid-19 virus and prevented from entering the facility. Specifying data and case contact numbers and immediately calling 937 to find out the directions required to refer them to the hospital.
  • In the event that a confirmed case is registered among a worker, the following should be done:
    • Communication with the General Directorate of Health Affairs in the same area
    • Close the shop immediately until it is evaluated by the public health team at the Ministry of Health. This will be within 48 hours of the appearance of the result of the confirmed case.
    • Ensure that there is no source of infection by examining and isolating other workers.
    • We must cooperate with the Ministry of Health in the process of monitoring cases in contact with the confirmed case in order to implement the procedures for epidemiological investigation and quarantine, according to the procedures followed by the public health team.

Other details

  • Place banners at the store entrance to require customers not to enter the site if they have respiratory symptoms similar to those of COVID 19.
  • Personnel should be made aware of the symptoms of the disease, the means of transmission of the disease. Its seriousness, and sensitized to avoiding going to work in the event of any respiratory symptoms (coughing or shortness of breath) or a rise in temperature.
  • Educating the workers on the necessity of disclosing the appearance of any respiratory symptoms. (coughing or shortness of breath) or a rise in temperature by calling 937 and following the instructions for home isolation.
  • Publishing educational publications in prominent places, preferably in different languages, and including the following:
    • Ways to spread and prevent disease.
    • Raising awareness about washing hands, avoiding touching the eyes, nose, and mouth before washing hands, and urging them to take care of personal care and health care.
    • Follow the etiquette of sneezing and coughing (use a tissue and get rid of it as quickly as possible, use the elbow by bending the arm).
    • Continuous alerting of the importance of adhering to following safety and disease protection guidelines and reducing overcrowding in the facility from clients.
  • The elderly and those suffering from chronic diseases not go to barbershops.
  • It is preferable to create a plaque that includes a statement of the wrongdoing and how to report it.
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