Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi City Municipality, through its Municipality Services sector - Public Health Department, conducted field inspection campaigns on women's beauty centers, children's salons, and men's salons located within its geographic jurisdiction, both inside and outside Abu Dhabi Island.
The campaign, which continued for 10 consecutive days, aimed to promote awareness among owners and employees of women's beauty centers, children's salons, and men's salons about the importance of abiding by the health standards and requirements and ensuring their implementation. This included maintaining the general cleanliness of the premises and the indoor environment, the regular sterilization and cleaning of equipment, and the attention to staff’s personal hygiene and promoting their health awareness.
Throughout these inspection campaigns, municipal inspection teams ensured the adherence to all health regulations within these establishments, with a primary focus on overall cleanliness. Additionally, the teams verified the expiration dates of materials utilized in the services offered to the public, and ensured the provision of effective and high-quality sterilization equipment for tools. Simultaneously, employees working in these centers and salons were educated regarding the potential hazards associated with utilizing tools, such as nail clippers, hair-cutting instruments, and other shaving equipment, without proper sterilization. Furthermore, municipal teams placed a strong emphasis on the importance of ensuring that all shaving machines were not only thoroughly opened and cleaned internally but also had any residual hair removed, while urging for the replacement of old and used shaving instruments with new ones.
Municipality teams have warned against mixing or joining cosmetic products under health circumstances that are below-standard and does not match with the product label’s specification, and are not authorized by competent authorities.
Furthermore, inspection teams conducted examinations of the cosmetic devices present within these establishments. Their objective was to verify the classification of these devices in accordance with the procedures established by relevant health authorities, confirming them as cosmetic devices rather than medical ones. The teams also underscored the importance of providing training to the staff on the proper usage of these devices, as instructed by the companies that export such equipment.
There was also a strong emphasis on various matters, such as prohibiting the use of black henna and similar types of henna in which chemical substances, like dyes, are mixed in excessive proportions. Instead, it was advised to rely on traditional and well-known henna. Additionally, the teams stressed the importance for the hair softening and coloring products used in children's salons to be officially licensed, as well as the regular and periodic cleaning of toys, tools, and decorations placed in children's salons, and that towels should be stored in designated areas or opting for single-use towels alternatively.
The inspection teams also highlighted the importance of keeping employees' personal hygiene in mind. This included thoroughly washing and cleaning hands before and after serving customers, wearing disposable gloves while providing services, and that all parts of tools used in services (such as hair cutting, henna application, makeup application, etc.)  are properly cleaned with approved cleaning products after each use. Municipal teams also stressed that it is important to make sure the cleaning product is left for at least two minutes, verify that there presence of UV light in the toolbox, confirm that ultraviolet lights are on, in addition to the provision of waste containers with lids, and placing within them plastic bags that are daily emptied and cleaned.

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