Single use razor blades were used multiple times and reusable instruments were not cleaned and disinfected between clients
ST.THOMAS – Southwestern Public Health is telling clients of a barbershop in Aylmer to consult with their health care providers after discovering that razor blazes were used multiple times.
Clients of Mario Chirico Barber Shop in Aylmer should contact their doctor and discuss the risk of blood borne infections because of public health infractions identified at the business. The risk is considered low and there have been no documented infections to date.
Dr. Joyce Lock, Medical Officer of Health for Southwestern Public Health says they became aware of the situation after an inspection."
"Single-use disposable razer blades were used on multiple clients. These blades are intended ONLY for single use and can not be sterilized and reused. In addition, reusable instruments were not cleaned and disinfected between clients. Due to these lapses in infection prevention and control practices, the barbershop was closed until these practices were corrected.”
While the infection risk of barbering and hairstyling is low, procedures involving the use of a razor carry the risk of causing microscopic entry points in the skin. Those entry points may allow the entry of microorganisms that lead to skin infections or blood borne infections, such as Hepatitis B and C. Blood does not need to be visibly present for transmission of microorganisms to occur.
As this barbershop had a long history of reusing single-use instruments, clients who received a shave or the use of the blade on the neck area anytime in the shop’s history are asked to speak to their health care provider.
Members of the public or clients of this establishment may also direct their questions to Southwestern Public Health’s team by calling 1-800-922-0096 x 9.