The Vic Government has made wearing covering (masks) mandatory in Metro Melbourne and the Mitchell shire from this Thursday morning.

HSA has reviewed the Victorian government advice and sought clarity from WorksafeVic, to provide the following COVID-19 advice. 

  • All hair stylists, beauticians and barbers in all of Victoria should wear a mask at work at all times whilst at work.
  • If you are a hairstylist or barber in Metro Melbourne or the Mitchell Shire you should now insist that your clients wear a mask as well. This a Victorian government direction and if your client refuses to wear a mask, you have the right to refuse to serve them.
  • Clients can adjust/move theit mask for short periods if needed to complete the haircut or treatment. We understand that that will require some adjustment to the way you work, and will now take a bit longer.

Hair Salons should purchase masks for staff and clients. It’s a small price to pay for safety. Remember, if you don’t have the correct PPE, then it’s not safe to operate. You have the right to refuse unsafe work.

If you have any problems with your employer providing masks or not following the government direction, contact HSA or WorkSafe Victoria.

Other normal COVID-19 precautions should continue, including:

1. Rebooking clients who have flu like symptoms for at least 2 weeks forward.

2. Washing your hands and cleaning your workstation after each client 

3. Recording the names and contact details of each of your clients 

4. Managing the number of clients you have in your salon at any one time 

The Victorian Government will be undertaking workplace inspections from Thursday this week to ensure the direction to wear masks at work is being followed. There are on-the-spot fines of $200 for individual non-compliance and more severe penalties for business non-compliance.