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Hygiene Policy

The National Health and Medical Research Council's (NHMRC) Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare (2019) provides a suite of recommendations for health care workers in practice that directs the critical actions required to maintain infection prevention and control.

Massage Therapists must ensure that they meet all hygiene and infection control requirements outlined in the NHMRC Guidelines.

 

Specifically, Massage Therapists are required to apply precautions and processes including:

  • Hand Hygiene

    • wash and dry or sanitise hands between clients

    • use soap dispensers rather than bar soap

    • keep nails short

  • Personal Hygiene

    • ensure hair is tied back

    • ensure breakages of the skin are covered

    • use respiratory hygiene and couch etiquette

    • ensure fit and healthy for provision of treatment

    • use of appropriate personal protective equipment

  • Maintenance of clean equipment

    • dispose of single use liners into a waste receptacle (bag or bin)

    • clean and disinfect exposed and contact areas of the massage table or chair between each client

    • use clean, freshly laundered linen for each client

    • place used linen in a closed container and launder on the day of use

    • wash linen in hot water and detergent

    • separate soiled linen from all other non-soiled linen with gloves and wash separately with hot water, detergent and disinfectant

    • provide clean and dry storage for linen

  • Handling of oils and creams

    • ensure all products are labelled clearly

    • use a disposable spatula to remove product from jars to prevent cross contamination

    • Keep oils and creams in sealed containers, preferably pump action containers

  • Apply transmission based precautions

    • apply discretion as to provision of treatment in circumstances of identified contraindications:

      • e.g. systemic infections such as influenza

  • Provide and maintain a first-aid kit

  • Massage Therapists will not:

    • Provide treatment when they have an infection that can be spread through direct or indirect contact. Specifically: influenza, gastroenteritis, MRSA, upper respiratory tract infections, contagious skin conditions including impetigo

    • Treat clients who have an infection that can be spread through direct or indirect contact. Specifically: influenza, gastroenteritis, MRSA, upper respiratory tract infections, contagious skin conditions including impetigo