COSHH in Hairdressing

COSHH in Hairdressing

If you work in a hairdressers or salon then you will be working with hazardous substances daily. The examination of COSHH in hairdressing is essential for Health and Safety.

You may not realise that the products you use have the potential to cause ill health, you probably also didn’t know that the most ordinary of substances, including shampoo and water can cause damage to your skin overtime.

If you own a hair or beauty salon then you also have a duty to look after the Health and Safety of your employees and customers. Precautions must be taken where hazardous substances are being used.

What does COSHH mean?

COSHH stands for the ‘Control of Substances Hazardous to Health’, and is the UK, the law requires all employers to ensure that they are sufficiently controlling harmful substances in the workplace. This means that any dangerous substances need to be identified and precautions should be taken to ensure workers know how to use and handle them safely.

Which substances are hazardous in a hairdressing salon?

Hazardous substances can take many forms, whether they are liquids, dusts, vapours, gases or fumes, and have the potential to exist in every workplace in the UK. Risk assessments are extremely important to identify which hazardous substances are in your workplace so that you can use them safely.

Hazardous substances are likely to include:

  • Aerosols
  • Shampoos and conditioners
  • Hair dye
  • Hairspray
  • Henna products
  • Cleaning chemicals and disinfectants.

What effects do hazardous substances have on health?

The effects are likely to include:

  • Skin irritation or dermatitis from direct contact with the substance
  • Asthma from exposure to dusts or vapours
  • Infection from bacteria.

How can you help prevent exposure to harmful substances?

  • Keep the workplace well ventilated
  • Minimise leaks and spills
  • Wash hands properly, dry thoroughly and moisturise regularly
  • For some tasks, you might need to provide personal protective equipment like protective gloves, aprons and eye protection.

Training should be given to those that are in contact with the above substances on a daily basis. The 40 minute COSHH interactive course from Safety Media will enable your employees to identify and understand the effects of hazardous substances on the body.

The course chapters include:

» Defining COSHH
» Identifying hazards and assessing risks
» Exposure and control measures
» Personal protective equipment (PPE)
» Other factors such as, what to do in an emergency, training, monitoring and instruction.

If you require any more information regarding the interactive COSHH course, please don’t hesitate to get in touch today by calling +44 (0)1745 535000,

COSHH Interactive course