3/12/2020 update:COVID-19 Contingency Plan for Massage Schools
What You Need to Know About Coronavirus
Reports of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States serve as an important reminder for hands-on professionals like massage therapists, to engage in best practices to protect themselves and their clients from harm.
As part of the California Massage Therapy Council’s mission to protect the public, we would like to share with you a brief list of recommendations to help avoid contracting and spreading the ﬂu or COVID-19.
“It is absolutely critical that each of us stay informed and listen closely to the experts.” Ahmos Netenal - CEO, CAMTC
1. Wash your hands, forearms and elbows for at least 20 seconds especially before and after each session, after changing linens and towels, after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Use soap. Get between your ﬁngers. Use a nail brush for your nails and cuticles. Now repeat. Hand and arm washing are the single most effective thing one can do to reduce the spread of infectious diseases.oid “double dipping” from client to client.
2. Avoid close contact with people who are sick including clients and coworkers. Tell your clients if they have these signs – or if anyone in their home or place of work has them – stay home.
3. Don’t touch your eyes, nose, and mouth especially if you think you’ve been near someone who might be infected.
4. Stay home if you have a fever (typically the ﬁrst sign), cough, and shortness of breath.
5. Make a hygiene audit of your workspace. Sanitize massage equipment and supplies including your massage table or chair, face cradle, lotion dispenser, and hot stones after every use. Regularly use a household cleaning spray or wipe to swab doorknobs, light switches, countertops, cellphone, keyboards, and anything else you and your clients touch. If you use antiseptic wipes, READ THE DIRECTIONS – some of them require prolonged contact to be effective.
6. Change sheets, pillowcases, face cradle covers, bolster covers, and towels after each massage session. When changing linens, fold them away from the body to avoid contaminating your own clothing. Wash linens and massage uniforms in hot water with detergent and bleach.
7. Avoid cross-contamination by never putting dispensed oil or lotion back into its original container. Lubricants in tubs and bulk containers should be dispensed into smaller, disposable vessels for each client to avoid “double dipping” from client to client.
California Massage Therapy Council’s mission is to protect the public by certifying massage professionals in California that meet the requirements in the law and approving massage programs that meet the minimum standards for training and curriculum.
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File a Complaint
CAMTC takes complaints against massage professionals and schools very seriously. CAMTC's inquiry is limited to investigating conduct by CAMTC certificate holders and applicants that is substantially related to the qualifications, functions, or duties of a certificate holder. In order for us to determine whether the complaint may warrant investigation, you must:
Identify yourself by name and contact information. CAMTC DOES NOT INVESTIGATE ANONYMOUS COMPLAINTS.
Identify the name of the massage professional, location where the massage professional works or where the conduct complained of occurred, CAMTC certificate number if known, and provide as much other information as possible
Describe the conduct in question in detail
Indicate whether or not you have filed a police report, and if so, provide information about that report (i.e. date filed, law enforcement agency, report number, etc)
If CAMTC decides to investigate a complaint against a CAMTC massage professional or applicant, you must be willing to:
Provide a signed declaration under penalty of perjury
Possibly testify to the allegations
Explain your relationship with the massage professional
Provide any other evidence in your possession
CAMTC IS NOT A LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY NOR GOVERNMENT AGENCY. IT IS WITHIN THE SOLE DISCRETION OF CAMTC WHETHER OR NOT TO INVESTIGATE OR PURSUE ANY CASE AGAINST A MASSAGE PROFESSIONAL.
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