Over the years, we have worked in many different types of business, but one type always comes to mind as having the most failures against the number of items we’ve tested as well as many health and safety issues we need to advise them about …
Important Health And Safety Guidance For Hair And Beauty Salons
Here are some of the major hazards which may be present in your salon:
All electrical equipment must be well maintained and kept in good working order. The equipment should only be used as intended and should always be operated in a safe manner so as to prevent the risk of electric shock.
As well as regular user checks for wear and tear, all equipment should be regularly inspected by a qualified professional during a PAT Test. We often see pieces of equipment with missing fan covers or fan air intakes and clogged with cut hair making the appliance a potential fire hazard.
Often or not, we have attended a salon, only to find out that their Fire Extinguishers have not been serviced for a number of years. In one recent instance they were found to have been last tested some 7 years previously!
When we highlighted the issue, we were told “oh don’t worry about that, they will be fine“. How on earth I remained professional surprised me, but at least the client had been informed and it was documented on our sign off sheet.
Fire extinguisher content doesn’t last forever, it’s like use by dates on hair dye and bleach, there are consequences if you try to use it passed this date. Usually disastrous consequences. Don’t leave something this important to chance, get your fire extinguishers checked!
Always be aware of any potential hazards in the public areas such as the entrance, hallways and any stairs within your salon.
Keep all wiring and equipment well out of the way to prevent any trips and make sure that any hair or other debris is swept away regularly. Pay particular attention to wet floors and any spillages; these should be dealt with straight away.
Many salons have hazardous substances which should always be stored safely and out of the reach of any customer’s children. Remember young children like to play with bright coloured items.
A Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) risk assessment should be carried out into each hazardous substance you use to ascertain the best way to deal with it.
Cleaning chemicals, shampoo, colourants and bleaches all fall into this category, this list is not exhaustive. Quite often common sense will help you here.
We have noticed a growing number of salons offering tanning services, both from the pop-up spray tanning booth to the full UV tanning system. However the UV system poses a considerable risk to both staff and customers.
UV radiation can cause immediate damage, such as burning, as well as longer term risks such as premature ageing, skin cancer and cataracts. Steps should be taken to minimise this risk like ensuring eye protection must be worn by customers at all times.
There should also be information and advice available and a maximum number of sessions should be recommended to all customers. Different skin types will suffer different effects and should be dealt with accordingly.
It is recommended for spray tanning technicians that you wear gloves and a face mask – gloves so that you don’t end up with layer after layer of tan on your skin and a face mask to prevent you breathing in excesses of the liquid. Any liquid on your lungs is dangerous.
For the most part, hair and beauty salons are very good at looking after their customers, insisting on patch tests before treatments and even asking clients fill out health forms.
We’re encouraging salon owners and managers to extend this level of conscientious care to both themselves and their staff.
If you’re worried about any health and safety issues in your salon, then do call FTS Safety Solutions on 0330 660 0264 to arrange a free, no-obligation assessment of your premises.
After all, It’s better to be safe than sorry, isn’t it?
Until next time …