HEALTH and SAFETY FOR THE GROOMER

As a dog groomer, there are more risks to you aside from dog bites and scratches.  Flying fur and dander in the air, handling flea control products, noise induced hearing loss from repeated high volumes, back strain from standing for long lengths of time, wet floors can cause falls, strain on your wrists from the grooming itself, etc.  There are some safety precautions that you can implement into your shop to minimize problems.

  • Anti-fatigue mats in areas where you will be standing.  Placement of these mats should be around your grooming table, drying station, and bathing station. This will help to reduce the strain on your back and legs.  These mats do wear out or become soiled, so ensure you replace them when they do.


  • A Respirator or dust mask will go a long way in helping minimize inhalation of dog fur, dander and other particles which are constantly in the air of a grooming shop, not just during drying.  The long-term effects on your health can cause asthma or develop into allergies and other issues with sinuses.

 

  • Non-latex gloves should be worn, for example during bathing, when cleaning feces or using any pest control substances.  This can help prevent skin irritation, infections or absorption from chemicals being used repeatedly.



  • Safety glasses are difficult to wear at times due to fogging up but they do help to prevent the eye irritation from all the air borne particles and fumes.

 

  • Ear plugs or noise reduction ear muffs certainly helps when you have little barkers in the shop, some can really be high pitch, the hounds also know how to make sure they are heard.  Aside from the animal noise level, having your dog drier on all day can cause long term hearing problems.



There are more related health issues, the link below will help provide more information.



Material Safety Data Sheet (important link)