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NALA Decontamination Guide

 *Disclaimer:

This guide has been developed by The NALA Board of Advisors and is intended for suggestion purposes only. It is the responsibility of the professional to ensure the safety of his/her clients and always execute safe practices and hygienic procedures. NALA employees, NALA volunteers, and the NALA President accept no responsibility or liability for any outcome related to these suggested practices and processes.


 

Definition of Decontamination.


de·con·ta·mi·na·tion

noun

​The neutralization or removal of dangerous substances, viruses, or germs from an area, object, or person.

 


 

The 3 Levels of Decontamination.

Sterilization - Eliminates all forms of life and other biological agents.

Required for surgical tools or any reusable item that comes in contact with blood or other bodily fluids.

 
Disinfection - Kills most microorganisms. There are multiple levels of disinfection. Low, medium and high.

Medium to high level disinfectant solutions are required for decontaminating lash extension application tools.

 
Sanitization - A low level of disinfection that is deemed safe for use on the skin.

 


 

Recommended disinfecting solutions for tweezers.
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PreEmpt (Accel CS20). 
Barbicide Plus
VIRALEX T36 Disinfectant.
A solution containing 60% - 90% ethyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol (not methyl alcohol).
A solution containing 0.5% accelerated hydrogen peroxide.

DO NOT use these items for decontaminating your tweezers:

Glass bead sterilizer.
UV sterilizer.
Regular Barbicide.
Alcohol wipes.
Disinfecting wipes.
Acetone.

 


 

Step-by-Step Decontamination of Lash Tweezers.

Step 1. Remove adhesive from tweezers using professional adhesive remover.
Step 2. Wash tweezers with warm soapy water to remove body oils and dirt.
Step 3. Completely submerge tweezers in a medium to high disinfectant solution for the manufacturers recommended amount of time.
Step 4. Remove the tweezers from the solution, wearing gloves, and rinse thoroughly with running water.
Step 5. Properly store disinfected tweezers in a clean, covered container, or cover tweezers with a clean towel until ready to be used.

Repeat these steps between EVERY client. 

 


 

Step-by-Step Decontamination of Other Tools.
For tools that do not come in contact with a client.

Step 1. Wash tools, such as lash mat, glue ring, jade stone, etc. with soap and water to remove dirt and oils.

Step 2. Wipe objects with an alcohol swab or similar (low level disinfectant accepted for these elements).

Step 3. Store disinfected tools in a clean, covered container, or cover tools with a clean, single-use towel until ready to be used.


Repeat these steps between EVERY client.

 


 

Decontamination of Workspace.

Treatment table must be cleaned with disinfectant and a disposable (or single-use) cloth after each client.
If linens are used, they must be changed between each client.
Lamp must be cleaned with disinfectant and a disposable (or single-use) cloth after each client.
Door knobs (if used) must be cleaned with disinfectant and a disposable (or single-use) cloth after each client.
Countertops, trolleys, trays, etc. must be cleaned with disinfectant and a disposable (or single-use) cloth after each client.

 

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