Hairdressers and Beauty

Health and safety advice for businesses, and how you can comply with the law as an employer.

The main risks within the sector for both employees and clients include:

  • Frequent contact with water and shampoo which 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 persulfates 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 Hair and Beauty Leaflet


Food & Safety Team
Telephone: 01902 696220


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South Staffs Council

Wolverhampton Road, Codsall

South Staffordshire


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Office Opening Times


08:30 - 17:00



08:45 - 17:00


We are closed on weekends

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