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Hairdressers and barbers need surgical masks

Hairdressers and barbers need surgical masks - Type IIR Mask

Hairdressers and barbers need surgical masks

Hairdressers and barbers need surgical masks along with other industries considered “close contact workers” Such as nail and beauty salons, tattoo parlours, massage therapists, physical therapists etc.

The legislation on Hair & Beauty Salon PPE changed at the end of July shortly after hairdressers, barbers and salons reopened following the first lockdown, initially the guidance was for employees to just wear visors.

Health experts raised their concerns for this as this wasn’t inline with legislation in public places such as shops and public transport, where the requirement for the nose and mouth to be covered is mandatory to help control and prevent the spread of the virus. 

A review by SAGE (The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies) who are responsible for providing expert advice and guidance on the health implications and requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic to the government.

Their findings concluded that in a close contact working situation such as these industries a visor alone was not an adequate prevention of aerosol transmission. They concluded that hairdressers and barbers need surgical masks covering their nose and mouth as well as a visor.

Government guidance now requires that hairdressers and barbers need surgical masks with a visor whilst in close contact. A Type II or Type IIR face mask is recommended.

Type II face masks are not considered PPE as they are not suitable for a medical environment and aren’t fluid resistant. 

The nature of hairdressers and barbers puts them at risk of potential aerosol transmission, due to being a close contact worker. 

Hairdressers and barbers need surgical masks – Type IIR Masks

This clearly signifies that to have adequate protection they should have a Type II R which is a fluid resistant face mask a higher level of PPE Equipment (personal protective equipment) designed to protect the wearer and capable of blocking potentially-infected droplets from the wearers respiratory system. 

Police, nurses & health care workers require Type IIR masks in close contact environments, as the nature of their industries prevents them from maintaining the safe distancing requirements. 

This is the same for hairdressers and barbers and yet they are only legally required to have the generic adult mask suitable for a trip to the shops, where you’re not in close contact with someone’s mouth for extended periods of time.

Medicshield hope that are information on Hairdressers and barbers need surgical masks.

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