Safety training, planning and procedures can often be overlooked in massage therapy practices. In many small businesses safety issues are not addressed – until there’s an emergency or accident happens. Planning for emergencies and actively working to prevent them will save you more than money and headaches; it can save lives.
You may be a sole practitioner or the owner of a large spa. In either case, the following are the most basic health and safety training ideas, policies and procedures for massage therapists.
1. CPR/First Aid
What would you do if a client had a cardiac event or a first aid emergency? If you are properly trained, you could help save a life. This is why CPR certification is required for many state and national massage credentials, such as NCBTMB certification and licensing.
2. Equipment Safety Training
Perform regular maintenance and safety checks on all of your equipment. Make sure that your employees are trained and required to do this, as well.
3. Blood or Fluid-borne Pathogens Training
Know the Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) rules and regulations for health care professionals. OSHA requires health care professionals to adopt a plan to prevent exposure to blood or other fluid-borne pathogenic micro-organisms. Be aware of the Universal Precautions guidelines. MassageNerd has a thorough article on this topic.
Accessibility training, policies and procedures are important for both small and large massage practices. Are your treatment spaces, reception areas and restrooms accessible and safe for your elderly clients or clients with disabilities?
5. Fire Safety and Disaster Planning
Practice fire safety and disaster response plans with your team or on your own. You should have a plan for yourself and your clients if a fire or natural disaster should take place.
6. Personal Safety / Client Safety
Your personal safety as well as your client’s health and safety is of paramount importance. You and your client should feel safe and secure in the massage treatment room and/or on outcalls.
How do you stay prepared and safe in your daily practice? Share your tips and questions in the comments below!
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