The Professional Pet Groomers & Stylists Alliance (PPGSA) has released standards for safety and sanitation in the grooming industry. The group released the standards at Barkleigh Productions’ Groom Expo, which was held September 17-20 in Hershey, Pa.
PPGSA formally released the results of a year-long initiative to develop comprehensive safety and sanitation standards that will serve as the grooming industry’s standard of care for pet grooming. These industry-wide standards are the first of their kind and a significant milestone in the grooming industry.
Teri DiMarino, PPGSA spokesperson and president of the California Professional Pet Groomers Association, announced the release of the standards to a receptive audience of groomers, stylists and allies.
“All across the country, thousands of pets are entrusted to our care every day,” said DiMarino. “We have a responsibility to pet owners, their pets and our fellow groomers and stylists to provide the highest level of safety and care when grooming a pet. These standards of care reflect that.”
The document includes sections addressing pet housing standards, equipment standards, general professional standards and work standards and demonstrate responsible grooming practices within the industry. These standards establish industry-wide guidelines that pet owners can rely on when entrusting their pets to the care of a professional groomer or stylist.
PPGSA members must incorporate these standers into their training and/or certification programs, ensuring that groomers and stylists are taught and held accountable to the same standards.
The standards were unanimously adopted by the founding members of the PPGSA and will be regularly reviewed to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date safety and sanitation practices.