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Operator Cleaning and Disinfection

Barbicide ®

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What is the health risk?

Equipment used in hairdressing and barbering can become contaminated with blood or body fluids carrying diseases such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV or other infectious agents such as bacteria or fungi.

You do not have to see blood or body fluids on instruments for an infection to occur.
Clean and disinfect or sterilize instruments between clients.

What is Barbicide ® ?

  • Barbicide ® is a low-level disinfectant that can be used to disinfect non-critical equipment like:
    • Combs
    • Brushes
    • Hair Rollers
    • Instruments for razoring/feathering hair
  • Non–critical items are items that contact only hair or intact skin (i.e. no cuts, rashes etc.).
  • If a non-critical item nicks the skin it must be cleaned with soap and water and disinfected with a high level disinfectant, such as 6% hydrogen peroxide and given 45 minutes of contact time

How should Barbicide ® be used?

  • Always clean equipment, such as combs and brushes, with soap and a brush under running water before soaking items in Barbicide ® .
  • The Barbicide ® solution must be made fresh daily (or as required by the manufacturer). Disinfectants lose strength the more they are used and the longer they are kept.
  • Make sure all items are completely immersed in the Barbicide ® solution.  The object being disinfected must remain in the solution for the required contact time (follow the manufacturer’s instructions for contact times).
  • After soaking in Barbicide ®, rinse the item with running water. 
  • Store clean, disinfected and dry items in a clean drawer or container with a lid. Never store clean and dirty items together.

Adapted from and used by permission of the Durham Region Health Department and Toronto Public Health



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Revised: Friday May 06 2011

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