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Hairdressing health and safety. An international issue.

20 Sep

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Health and safety in the Salon :

Not a topic that i really ever thought worthy of writing about! that is until now this really is so very important for it effects us our clients our daily lives. please do take the time to read this article not many pictures but many facts!!!!

We are exposed to so many products chemical processes, we breath fumes, we handle products, we apply them onto our clients.

We expose these chemicals to heat be it from dryers to streamers to very hot ceramic irons, how often do we really take the time to think are they safe do i know what reaction may take place can i explain fully what this process is doing to my client

Do i have all the facts all the knowledge and skill to make this safe?

Going back to past topic’s Service is key to success so is safety, as is the consultation for it is through consultation that we get the facts to know if a chemical process might be possible i say might be for we may still have to do skin test and or a strand test.

When i first came across the term COSHH  Control of substances hazardous to health:

I thought here we go health and safety gone wild.

More over legislation by bodies out of touch with the workings of a hairdressing salon.

Having suffered as most stylist have done with skin issues especially when training all day shampooing having breathed in way to many fumes! having coloured hair, highlighted hair, for years without wearing gloves or protection i have to say the regulations make sense.

But so much of it is common sense  I think sometimes we are put off because with all the regulations because they are written and taught to us like we are all idiots.

So we have to take control of our safety our clients safety, be sensible about products application and working environment.

Service and safety.

I will attempt to touch on the key issues of safety in the salon but a good guide to own maybe even have in the salon is Hairdressing the foundation NVQ has a great deal of information.

Also great site with so much information on many topic’s

http://www.hair-heads.co.uk/salon-health-and-safety/coshh.php

In 1974 health and safety act was born to this day it is continually updated.

For me up dates of health and safety is key especially given the ever changing world of products available to us and how to use them.

With the high heat styling tools and flat irons we have to be aware of the danger from heat damage and also the effects from fumes when Chemistry and heat come together. This can be a danger to stylists and  clients.

Sometimes these effects are not readily noticeable we have to be aware to the danger understand the chemistry the process cause and effect.

Stay current search the internet for products reviews ask questions, be informed for both your sake and your clients: all common sense!!!!! research on the internet read reviews raise questions on forums be active get involved share opinion’s good and bad, Share experiences.

Heat and chemicals Fumes : breathing, vision,

I have said that service and safety go together so does consultation and safety with out doing a full in depth consultation how do you establish the history of any chemical work done on a clients head? how do you know that it will not cause a heat reaction causing hair to melt maybe even scalp burn.

If this happens you as the professional are responsible question, question, look, touch. if needed strand test. all this come sunder health safety !!!!!

With new products coming to the market all the time be they hair colour .the new and innovative Keratin based relaxers being aware of the products how they work how they are formulated .the very chemistry of how and why they work is our responsibility. Not knowing or ignorance is not an excuse when things go wrong

Formaldehyde one of the biggest dangers found in some of the keratin relaxers can cause toxic fumes that can and will cause breathing issues.

Here is an explanation

What is Formaldehyde? What are the risks?

Formaldehyde is a colorless, flammable gas at room temperature. It has a pungent, distinct odor and may cause a burning sensation to the eyes, nose, and lungs at high concentrations. You are exposed to small amounts of formaldehyde in the air. It occurs from both natural and man made sources although combustion is the largest source. There is usually more formaldehyde present indoors than outdoors and is often used as a preservative. Formaldehyde is irritating to tissues when it comes into direct contact with them. Some people are more sensitive to the effects of formaldehyde than others. The most common symptoms include irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, along with increased tearing, which occurs at air concentrations of about 0.4–3 parts per million (ppm). The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) states that formaldehyde is immediately dangerous to life and health at 20 ppm. The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has determined that formaldehyde may reasonably be anticipated to be a human carcinogen. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has determined that formaldehyde is probably carcinogenic to humans. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that formaldehyde is a probable human carcinogen.  Given its known health risks, it is important to limit exposure to formaldehyde especially in high and repeated concentrations.

What are other names for Formaldehyde?

Formaldehyde is also known as methanal, methylene oxide, oxymethylene, methylaldehyde, oxomethane, formalin, aldehyde, formic aldehyde, formol, biformyl, glutaraldehyde, ethyl alcohol, methylene glycol, glyoxal

Below a list of topic’s all key to salon health safety, the salon and it’s staff all work together so taking care of the salon making it and maintaining it as  a safe healthy palace is everyone responsibility.

Key roles such as record keeping, regular checks should be carried out by designated staff members.

As a salon owner having your self or a staff member with basic first aid is a good course of action i think everyone should do a basic first aid and CPR course well worth knowing.

Safe disposal of products chemicals old sharp objects:

Work place safety, [wet floors. fire safety, electrical, or gas]

Safe salon environment. protection, storage,

Being environmentally aware.

First aid. Training, procedures,

Health hygiene, infection, sterilisation,

The above list of subjects out lines different areas that need to be addressed the days of owning running a salon or just doing hair from home do not allow for complacency with regard to health and safety and liability issues not knowing is not an excuse when things go wrong or accidents happen!

Stay informed offer the highest standard of service in the safest setting possible.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Habia-Health-and-Safety/267250536627899

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thanks MikeB2MR

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