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Utilising the Nail Services Code of Practice

Utilising the Nail Services Code of Practice developed in 2007 by Habia, the nail care industry’s regulating board, is not mandatory in the UK. However, it should still be used by every nail service provider. Following the guidelines provided by the Code of Practice can make all the difference between success and failure in the nail care industry.

The Benefits

There are numerous benefits to utilising the Nail Services Code of Practice (NSCP), especially when first starting a nail technician career. The nail care industry is filled with lots of health risks and safety hazards. It’s fairly easy to cause harm to self and others in this field of employment. Ignorance and mistakes can become very costly. It’s frequently difficult to find accurate information regarding the safety of products and treatments. There are already lots of myths, misguided “experts” and misinformation about nail care, despite the industry being a fairly new one.

However, the NSCP provides authoritative, industry-endorsed guidance to nail professionals. It contains information on how to properly clean, utilise, and store equipment and products. The Code of Practice also contains information regarding client consultation and records management. It also includes information on various other topics and issues that are highly essential to the success of a nail service provider. This makes it an excellent educational and training tool for all employees in the nail service industry.

Other reasons to comply with NSCP

There are other reasons to comply with the NSCP too. Many local authorities, as well as most health and environmental safety authorities use the NSCP to set their own standards. Thus, non-compliance could lead to failing a health inspection or to denial of a business license. Most employers will expect their employees to be aware of the Code of Practice and to comply with the professional standards it outlines. In addition, many clients will expect their nail care provider to meet the professional standards outlined in the Nail Service Code of Practice. Nail service providers seeking national qualifications will also be expected to be aware of and comply with the NSCP.

Insurance and the NSCP

Another reason to comply with the NSCP is for insurance purposes. Most insurance premiums are based on how well the various risks are being controlled. Many insurers will utilise the Habia standards as a guideline in assessing the risks involved with insuring a salon or nail technician. Thus, utilising the Nail Service Code of Practice as a risk management tool may possibly help save money, as well as prevent possible financial ruin.