GARDEN ROUTE BUSINESS NEWS - Hairdressers, barbershops, health and beauty salons and tattoo services have been allowed to resume rendering their services from 19 June, but stricter health and hygiene protocols have to be in place.
Following the opening of the existing businesses, the Garden Route District Municipality (GRDM) has also received applications from new businesses who wanted to open their doors.
"All existing and new businesses are required to be in possession of a health certificate issued by the GRDM environmental health practitioner (EHP), says Johan Compion, manager of Municipal Health and Environmental Services.
“If a hair salon, barbershop or body piercing shop doesn’t have one, the owner needs to apply for it by contacting one of our offices for more information, otherwise enforcement will take place,” he says.
Details to be presented when applying
The following details must be presented upon application for a health certificate:
* The business name
* The physical address of the premises
* The name and identity number of the owner or person in charge
Health certificate rules
The health certificate must be displayed in a conspicuous manner on the premises and it must be clearly visible to everyone entering the premises.
It is not transferable from one owner to another or from one premises to another.
The certificate should be renewed in case of change of ownership; in the case of renovations/additions to the existing premises and if the service moves from one premises to another premises.
For more information regarding applying for a health certificate, structural requirements, waste management requirements, and any other standards, make contact with the following GRDM EHP chiefs:
Haemish Herwels / firstname.lastname@example.org / 028 713 2438 / 083 678 6545
Mossel Bay area
Sam Bendle / email@example.com / 044 690 3122 / 083 630 6108
George area (Wilderness)
Pieter Raath / firstname.lastname@example.org / 044 803 1537/57 / 083 644 8858
Emmy Douglas / email@example.com / 044 803 1537/57 / 078 457 2824
Lakes area (Knysna)
James McCarthy / firstname.lastname@example.org / 043 827 214 / 082 805 9417
Gawie Vos / email@example.com / 044 501 1602 / 083 557 1522
Oudtshoorn & Kannaland areas
Desmond Paulse / firstname.lastname@example.org / 044 272 2241 / 083 678 6530
Georg Hendricksz / email@example.com / 044 272 2241 / 082 907 3492
Guidelines/checklist in terms of the Municipal Health Services Bylaw of 2018:
* Internal walls easily cleanable and painted with a light coloured paint.
* Floors constructed of an easily cleanable with smooth finish
* The ceiling must be constructed of a dust proof material.
* Ventilation and illumination
Ablution facilities: Separate Basins: Adequate number of basins for the washing of hair and supplied with hot and cold; Waste water disposal system approved by Local Authority
Refuse disposal: A central refuse storage area
* The premises may not be used for food preparation or for sleeping
* The premises and all equipment used in connection should always be maintained in good conditions and clean and sanitary.
* No animals permitted on the premises, unless in the case of a guide dog
Instruments kept clean and disinfected after each use
* Adequate numbers of towels
Laundry: Facility for cleaning crockery and utensils if beverages are served
* Containers used for the storage of health care risk waste should be clearly labeled in large, legible lettering.
* Employees should be adequately trained in the identification, separation, handling and storing of health care risk waste.
* Health care risk waste may only be removed/ collected, transported, treated and disposed by a registered service provider from the premises.
* Accurate and up to date records of all health care risk waste generated by the facility must be kept.
The use of dyes, pigments and stencils and tattoo procedures
* In preparing dyes or pigments, non-toxic materials should be used.
* Single-use, sterile, individual containers for dyes or pigments must be used for each client
* The stencil, unless composed of acetate, should be used for a single tattoo procedure only. Acetate stencils may be disinfected and re-used.
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