Salon Group Presses To Reopen In Michigan, Presents Gov With 8-Point Plan

WWJ News
May 28, 2020 - 7:56 am
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(WWJ) Ready for a haircut? Hairdressers, barbers and spa owners say they're ready to get back to cutting and snipping as a group advocating for the re-opening of salons and barbershops delivers an eight-pillar plan to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

 The Safe Salons for Michigan coalition, which represents 350 facilities, says it has developed and finalized the plan with officials from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs that would allow them to get back to work ... if they can win approval.

The plan includes industry best practices for worker safety, customer safety, social distancing, hygiene, sanitation, P-P-E use, case monitoring and more.

“Michigan’s licensed cosmetologists, barbers and their team members are capable, ready, and excited to get back to work meeting the needs of our clients,” said Lisa Dennison, a regional director for Michigan Supercuts and Cost Cutters salons located across the state.  “Our salons have always met detailed health and safety standards, and we’ve developed a comprehensive plan to go even further to keep everyone who walks through the door healthy.  We urge Governor Whitmer to lift her ban on our jobs immediately.”

The organization says the plan is modeled after efforts in 36 other states including neighboring Ohio where salons and barbershops are open. 

The governor has not yet responded to their request to get back to work.

 

The eight steps to safely allow workers return to their job sites at barber shops and salons include:

  1. Administrative controls for workers, including daily screening for workers to ensure they’re healthy before starting each shift, requiring workers to stay home if sick, maintaining appointment and walk-in records including date and time of service, name and contact information to assist in contract tracing if needed, and more.
  2. Access control for customers and guests, including staggered entry, prohibiting the return of products, accepting customers by appointment only where possible, asking clients to wait outside in their vehicle until their appointment time, and more.
  3. Social distancing on the job site for both workers and clients, installing barriers between employees where 6 feet of distance cannot be achieved and more.
  4. “Next level” best practices to ensure healthy hygiene on site will include the laundering of work clothing daily, eye protection for workers, limiting the personal items clients can bring with them for their appointment and more.
  5. Sanitation requirements include the cleaning of merchandise before stocking, constant disinfection of work areas and instruments, disposal of single-use materials, and much more.
  6. Personal protective equipment will be used by all workers, including masks. Clients will also be asked to wear masks, and face coverings will be provided upon entry to those without one.
  7. Should a client later test positive for COVID-19, our facilities will work with local health departments to identify potentially infected or exposed individuals to help facilitate effective contact tracing.
  8. Following facility closure each day, facilities will undergo deep cleaning with disinfectant cleaners approved by the EPA as effective against human coronavirus.