ITS a hair thing - June 2020
Welcome to the June issue of ITS a hair thing!
As we eagerly await the announcement from the government confirming 4th July as the date hairdressing salons are permitted to re-open their doors, Team ITS have been discussing how best to support our partner salons and apprentices as we move towards resuming face to face visits.
We are acutely aware of the additional pressures that employers and apprentices will face in adjusting to the new way of working once the official government guidance is announced. Additionally, we will be required to carry out a Covid-19 risk assessment for all partner salons to protect the health and wellbeing of apprentices and ITS personnel. For this reason, we will continue to support apprentices remotely in July and August to alleviate undue pressure in accommodating a visit from your Trainer/Assessor on top of everything else!
Moving forwards, Trainer/Assessors and Learning Support Tutors will be scheduling face to face salon visits from September, however, we are very happy to resume from August should you decide this is practicable for you. Please do not hesitate to discuss your individual requirements with your T/A to enable us to meet your needs accordingly.
We are incredibly proud of the work produced by our apprentices during lockdown - here's a snapshot of the theory tasks they have been working on:
George Harris - colour and perming theory
Nicole Guimaraes - cutting techniques theory
Nicole Bradley-Sleet - cutting techniques theory
A free not to miss webinar for Salons!
Join Professional Hairdresser on Tuesday, June 2nd at 10am (UK and Ireland) as we build your entire salon reopening strategy.
In this free 45-minute webinar, we will be covering new salon etiquette, health & hygiene bestpractices and planning your reopening marketing strategy the right way.
NHBF Members Survey
A recent survey of 1600 NHBF Members has shown that over three quarters (77%) feel "very well-prepared" or "as well-prepared as they could be" for reopening when it is safe to do so. Only 8% said they have not yet started preparing for reopening.
The NHBF released its 'Back to business' guidelines for hair salons, barbershops and beauty salons last week, which has proved to be a useful resource to 96% of respondents. The aim was to help business owners use the time they have now to prepare for reopening, whenever that may be.
The NHBF, together with other industry bodies, took part in a hair and beauty sector specific round table meeting with Alok Sharma, Secretary of State for Business last week. It is also contributing to ongoing technical working group meetings to help the government develop guidelines for 'close proximity working' which covers the hair and beauty industries.
Hilary Hall, NHBF chief executive said, "Many industry bodies and brands have already produced guidelines which are broadly similar. We have shared these with the UK Government, Welsh Government and Scottish Government, as these guidelines show there is widespread agreement about how hygiene and cleanliness and social distancing can work for salons and barbershops. Clear government advice on this will be very welcome for business owners to know exactly what is required of them to reopen and operate safely."
Find out more here.
At a glance guide to PPE
Selection and use
You should ask yourself the following questions:
- Who is exposed and to what?
- How long are they exposed for?
- How much are they exposed to?
When selecting and using PPE
- Choose products which are CE marked in accordance with the Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 2002 - suppliers can advise you
- Choose equipment that suits the user - consider the size, fit and weight of the PPE. If the users help choose it, they will be more likely to use it
- If more than one item of PPE is worn at the same time, make sure they can be used together, e.g. wearing safety glasses may disturb the seal of a respirator, causing air leaks
- Instruct and train people how to use it, e.g. train people to remove gloves without contaminating their skin. Tell them why it is needed, when to use it and what its limitations are
Other advice on PPE
- Never allow exemptions from wearing PPE for those jobs that 'only take a few minutes'
- Check with your supplier on what PPE is appropriate - explain the job to them
- If in doubt, seek further advice from a specialist adviser
Maintenance of PPE
PPE must be properly looked after and stored when not in use, e.g. in a dry, clean cupboard. If it is reusable it must be cleaned and kept in good condition.
- using the right replacement parts which match the original, e.g. respirator filters
- keeping replacement PPE available
- who is responsible for maintenance and how it is to be done
- having a supply of appropriate disposable suits which are useful for dirty jobs where laundry costs are high, e.g. for visitors who need protective clothing
Employees must make proper use of PPE and report its loss or destruction or any fault in it.
Monitor and review
- Check regularly that PPE is used - if it isn't, find out why not
- Safety signs can be a useful reminder that PPE should be worn
- Take note of any changes in equipment, materials and methods - you may need to update what you provide
The old Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 2002 and the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 (as amended) were replaced by the Personal Protective Equipment (Enforcement) Regulations 2018 and Regulation EU 2016/425 of the European Parliament and of the Council. The latest details are available on legislation.gov.uk.
RIDDOR reporting of COVID-19
You must only make a report under RIDDOR (The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013) when:
- an unintended incident at work has led to someone's possible or actual exposure to coronavirus. This must be reported as a dangerous occurrence.
- a worker has been diagnosed as having COVID 19 and there is reasonable evidence that it was caused by exposure at work. This must be reported as a case of disease.
- a worker dies as a result of occupational exposure to coronavirus.
Plus some of the latest but not specific guidance as yet.
Statutory Sick Pay
We have had clarification about SSP being payable under the Contact Tracing Service which was launched last week in England.
SSP will be payable from the first day that someone is told to isolate because they have developed symptoms and are waiting for a test. If the test is positive they and their household should self isolate for the required time period. If the test is negative they can return to work and SSP will no longer apply.
If the person tests positive they will be asked to share their contacts and so if a contact is then told to self-isolate that person will be entitled to SSP for the period they are told to self-isolate.
The Government is stressing that employers must encourage people to disclose symptoms and also support those who are told to self-isolate.
Anyone self isolating can work from home if they feel able to do so and be paid normally instead of receiving SSP.
We love to celebrate the achievements of learners and partner salons. Please let us know if you have something to share!
Congratulations! to the following learners who successfully completed hairdressing units in May:
Welcome! to the following learners who joined programme in May:
Halle Beck - Salon Sixteen
Abigail Blackhouse - Hair Lab
Poppy Hebberd - First Impressions
May Apprentice Challenge results
Best of Lockdown Style
Like last time, each T/A was asked to choose their two favourite looks from the fabulous collection of 'Best of Lockdown Style' posts received.
They were able to choose any two of their favourite styles regardless of them being picked by another T/A, this is why styles may appear in both 1st and 2nd places.
We would like to thank everyone who took part and congratulate you all on the brilliant work that was produced, you are all amazing and should once again all be very proud!
The Results are as follows...
In 2nd Place
LILY from Pure Hair, Lightwater
SASHA from Perfection, Yateley
KATIE from Inspirations, Wokingham
LAURA from Stone, Bournemouth
In 1st Place
SIMONA from Mary Ann Weeks, Guildford
KATELYN from Remington Harrow, Farnham
JAYNE from The Salon, Sherfield on Loddon
LILY from Pure Hair, Lightwater
Well done everyone!
It's great to see examples of work created by learners! We'd love you to share more of these with us:
Megan - Pure Hair, Lightwater
Katie - Inspirations, Woodley
Laura - Stone, Bournemouth
Trinity - Stone, Bournemouth
Jamie-Lee - Stone, Bournemouth
Lucy- Stone, Bournemouth
Danielle - Pure Hair, Lightwater
Lily - Pure Hair, Lightwater
Bethany - Box Hairdressing, Basingstoke
Jodie - Box Hairdressing, Basingstoke
Jessica - Salon Sixteen, Petersfield
Sophie - Hair Lab, Basingstoke
Kara - Hair Lab, Basingstoke
Abigail - Hair Lab, Basingstoke
Jayne - The Salon, Sherfield-on-Loddon
Paige - PS Hairdressing, Frimley
Linsey - The Establishment, Farnham
Simona - Mary Ann Weeks, Guildford
Thea - Studio One, Godalming
Katie - Capella, Frimley
Paige - Emotive, Reigate
Annabel - Mova, Staines
Emily-Jo - Mova, Staines
Phoebe - The Colour House, Ascot
Sasha - Perfection, Yateley
Emily - Amandege, Weybridge
Katie - Inspirations
Katelyn - Remington Harrow, Farnham
Layla - Macco
Kaci - Box, Basingstoke
Abbie-May - Remington Harrow, Farnham
Jodie - Box, Basingstoke
Emma - The Colour House, Ascot
Have a great month!
Head of Provision
Inter Training Services Ltd
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