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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

      dermatitis.

  • 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 asthma.
  • It is essential to maintain electrical appliances.
  • Minimising the risk of slips and trips through good housekeeping.

 

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 possible.
  • Change your gloves between clients.
  • Check your skin regularly for early signs of skin problems.

 

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' campaign

 

Hair and Beauty Industry Authority http://www.habia.org

 

Contact

 

Food & Safety Team

Telephone: 01902 696220

Email: env.commercial@sstaffs.gov.uk

 

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