This policy outlines some of the key measures I have taken to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus (COVID-19). Please note the content may be subject to change.
Throughout the pandemic, I will be following guidelines issued by the government, NHS, other relevant authorities and my professional association, the Federation of Holistic Therapists, regarding safe and hygienic practice and the use of any personal protective equipment (PPE).
I have carried out a full risk assessment, in line with guidance from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), in order to:
Prior to seeing any of my clients, I will be:
I have introduced enhanced cleaning and hygiene measures between clients. Therapy equipment, such as chairs and couches, will be disinfected in addition to the usual cleaning. Items unsuitable for harsh disinfecting will be covered with a non-porous covering. Towels and couch covers are always fresh for each client, these items will now be bagged up post treatment and laundered at a higher temperature. I will dispose of used couch roll as usual, but this will be separately bagged up and disposed of in line with government advice. Strict personal hygiene measures will also be adhered to, including regular handwashing / sanitising.
It may be necessary for me to adapt or restrict certain treatments, in order to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 and/or protect my clients’ health and safety. No treatments are to be provided on the face (in the 'highest risk zone') until government advice changes. In line with FHT guidelines, I will not be exceeding one hour total appointment time. As I have to allow time to set up and take away my equipment, massages are currently restricted to a maximum of 45 minutes. I have adjusted my pricing to reflect this.
Please note that while many treatments involve close contact, I will be observing social distancing measures wherever possible. This might include, for example, maintaining an appropriate distance when arriving and leaving for an appointment.