10 Most Common Violations Cited During an Inspection

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16 California Code of Regulation sections:


979-Disinfection Non-Electrical Instruments and Equipment:
How to avoid violation:   

  • Before use upon a client, properly clean tools. Remove all visible debris, clean with soap or detergent and water, dry tools, totally immerse instruments in an EPA-registered disinfectant solution, and use gloves or tongs to remove the tools from the disinfectant.
  • Always keep disinfectant solution covered and change disinfectant when it is cloudy, contains debris, or according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Store all soiled non-electrical items (example: combs, brushes, nail clippers) in a container that which is labeled “Dirty”, “Soiled”, or “Contaminated”.
  • Store all disinfected non-electrical items in a clean covered place which is labeled “Clean” or “Disinfected”.

988-Liquids, Creams, Powders and Cosmetics:
How to avoid violation:

  • Store all liquids, creams, waxes, powders, gels and other cosmetic preparations in clean and closed containers.  Powders may be kept in clean shakers.
  • Distinctly label all bottles and containers of their contents (example: water, gel, oil, etc.).
  • When only using a portion of a cosmetic preparation, remove from container in such a way as to not contaminate the remaining portion. Example: When removing wax from a wax pot, avoid "double dipping" the same wax stick applicator.

981 (a) - No Disposal of Tools and Supplies That Cannot Be Disinfected:
How to avoid violation:

  • After use on a single client, immediately dispose of tools and supplies that cannot be disinfected (example: buffers, sponges, wax sticks, gloves) in a waste receptacle.

7317- Unlicensed Establishment/Persons:
How to avoid violation:

  • Always keep your personal and/or establishment license current.
  • Be sure that the establishment you work at is licensed and current.
  • Be sure that employees are all licensed and current.   

965-Display of Licenses:
 How to avoid violation:

  • Conspicuously post individual licenses at the licensee’s primary work station. 
  • Conspicuously post the establishment license in the reception area.
  • Do not display an expired or invalid license.

987-Towels
How to avoid violation:

  • After a towel has once been used once, place it in a closed container to be laundered.
  • Launder towels commercially in water at least 160 degrees for no less than 25 minutes, or using chemicals and cold water.
  • Keep clean towels stored in clean, closed cabinets or containers.

994-Cleanliness and Repair:
How to avoid violation:

  • Keep all floors, walls, woodwork, ceilings, furniture, furnishing, and fixtures clean and in good repair.
  • Do not permit an accumulation of waste, hair clippings, or refuse in establishment.

978 (a) (5) - Insufficient Disinfectant in Container for Total Immersion:
How to avoid violation:

  • When disinfecting tools, ensure there is enough disinfectant solution in the container to allow for total immersion of tools.  If tools do not completely fit in the container (example: handle of a brush sticks out), use a different container.

986- Neck dusters/Brushes Not Clean or Sanitary:
How to avoid violation: 

  • Properly clean neck, nail, facial, or makeup dusters and brushes before use on a client.
  • Place clean dusters and brushes in a clean, covered place which is labeled “Clean”.
  • Place soiled dusters or brushes in a container labeled “Dirty”, “Soiled”, or “Contaminated”.

990-Headrests and Treatment Tables
How to avoid violation:

  • Keep the headrest of chairs covered with a clean towel or paper sheet for each client.
  • Clean shampoo trays and bowls with soap and water or other detergent after each shampoo.
  • Keep shampoo trays and bowls in good repair and in a sanitary condition at all times.
  • Cover treatment tables with clean treatment table paper, a clean towel, or a clean sheet after each use.
  • Remove a towel or sheet immediately after used and deposit it in a closed container to be laundered.  Immediately dispose of treatment paper after a single use.      

Revised July 2015

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