Hair & Beauty Sector
As part of a targeted work programme for health
and safety and the Governments 'Red Tape Challenge' the
Food and Safety Team are trying to reduce the number of
inspections carried out in lower risk business sectors including
hair and beauty businesses.
The focussed work has centred on providing advice and education
about the main risks within the sector and on getting key messages
across to promote safe working practices for both employees and
clients, these key areas include:
- Frequent contact with water and shampoo can irritate the skin
leading to conditions such as
- Up to 70% of hairdressers and beauty therapists will suffer
some type of skin damage
during their career.
- Some hairdressing and cleaning products can cause dermatitis
and skin allergies.
- Some dusty products like persulphates and henna can cause
- It is essential to maintain electrical appliances.
- Minimising the risk of slips and trips through good
There are a few simple things you can do to help prevent
dermatitis and asthma:-
- Keep the workplace well ventilated.
- Wear disposable non-latex gloves for
shampooing, colouring and bleaching.
- Dry your hands thoroughly after washing with
a soft towel.
- Moisturise your hands as often as
- Change your gloves between clients.
- Check your skin regularly for early signs of
For further information please see the Hair
& Beauty Information Leaflet (pdf file)
Additional information is also available on-line at:
Health and Safety Executive www.hse.gov.uk
Health and Safety Executive 'Bad Hand Day'
Hair and Beauty Industry Authority http://www.habia.org
Food & Safety Team
Telephone: 01902 696220