neither be dry or stagnant nor have a stale musty
odor. Most barbershops are air-conditioned so
you can easily control the atmosphere within the
shop. The temperature of the shop should be kept
at about 70°F. Do not allow the temperature to
get too cold or too hot.
You should always check your lighting to be
sure there are no burned-out light bulbs and the
lighting is sufficient to prevent undue strain on
your eyes. The bulkheads, deck, and all flat
surfaces need to be kept clean of all hair and dirt.
The barbershop should be equipped with a sink,
having hot and cold running water. The barber-
shop should never be used for lounging, eating,
or sleeping. A ship having 101 to 300 personnel
should have one barber chair with one additional
chair for each 300 personnel. Barbershops with
more than one chair should have the chairs spaced
4 1/2 to 5 feet apart to allow ample room for each
barber. Ships with less than 100 personnel should
have portable barbershop utensils stored in a
locker. On ships carrying troops, if two or more
barber chairs are required for the troops, a
separate troop barbershop should be provided.
Although personal hygiene is a subject most
people would choose to keep private, in the
shipboard barbershop poor personal hygiene is
something that cannot be tolerated.
As a barber you should take pride in the way
you look. Pay close attention to correct posture
and neatness and do the following:
Clean and brush teeth regularly after
Keep your moustache trimmed properly.
Keep hair trimmed and neatly combed.
Keep nails cut and clean.
Keep shoes shined.
Wear pants that are clean, without holes,
If you do not follow the previous traits, you
should try to conform to them. Personal traits are
sometimes hard to change, but after you get into
a routine, it will be easier.
Posture is another factor involving your per-
sonal appearance. Most barbers do not realize the
benefits of good posture. Good posture not only
makes you look better, it builds good health and
allows the inner organs to function properly.
Standing erect improves your speech by freeing
the power source of your voice, the diaphragm.
Standing for 8 hours at a time puts extra stress
on your body. You will find yourself feeling better
after a long day when you stand correctly. The
following rules should be followed when standing
in the barbershop:
Carry your body weight on the balls of
Keep your shoulders back.
Hold your stomach in, even if you are not
overweight; poor posture can give you a
Hold your head high and straight.
Good posture will eventually prevent aching
in the neck, shoulders, lower back, and feet, and
will make your entire day go easier.
The main purpose of barbershop sanitation
is to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
Since rendering barbering service requires direct
contact with the customers, skin, scalp, and hair
sanitation cannot be overemphasized. Barber-
shops should be inspected a minimum of once a
month by a representative of the medical depart-
ment. Before assuming duties as a shipboard
barber, you will receive a physical examination.
After the initial physical examination it will be
repeated on an annual basis.
Since the main purpose of sanitation is to
prevent the spread of infectious disease, you
should familiarize yourself with ways of
preventing the spread of disease. Contagious