OSHA has updated its regulations to include airborne pathogens. With this change, the way I work has changed.
OSHA separates businesses by their risk categories. Massage therapy is considered a Medium Exposure Risk because the profession requires frequent and close contact with people who may be infected, but who are not known or suspected to be infected with COVID-19, and because most of us are exposed to people who live in an area where COVID-19 is active.
During the COVID-19 outbreak, it is difficult to impossible to eliminate exposure. The most effective protection measures are in order are engineering controls, administrative controls, and PPE. While there are pros and cons to each type of control, a combination of the three has been found to be necessary to protect from exposure.
1. Engineering controls isolate therapists from work-related hazards
- The spa has installed high-efficiency HEPA type filters on the HVAC system and continue to change them frequently.
- To increase the ventilation rate throughout the treatment area, a Germ Guardian 3-in-1 air purification system with UV-C Light, True HEPA Filter, and Pre-Filter & Charcoal Filter is in place (see below).
- To improve fresh air circulation, the back door to the business is opened at regular intervals to keep fresh air circulating.
2. The following Administrative controls and procedures are in place to minimize your exposure.
- Online booking and payments are active.
- Before arriving, please update and complete electronic intake forms (In your email Inbox or Spam folder).
- To ensure six feet of social distancing, please remain in your vehicle until I notify you to come in.
- I continue to perform hand-washing before and after each session.
- A strict cleaning schedule for common areas and restrooms is in place.
- I am checking my temperature before each client to be sure I'm within the proper range.
- Each client's temperature is checked prior to the session start to be sure their temperature is in range.
3. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- During sessions, I'll be wearing an N95 or one time use mask and face shield. Between sessions, I change clothes to reduce the risk of exposure.
- I also request that each client wear a mask that goes behind the ears.
Feel free to connect with any questions.