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Control of Substances Hazardous to Health

When preparing and carrying out procedures, involving chemicals, like perming and colouring using personal protective equipment, like gloves and an apron is very important because accidents do occur. You must prepare yourself for any possible hazard at all times. Information regarding protective equipment can be found in the COSHH regulations and on product labels.

Chemicals and Hairdressing

It may be hard to believe but hairdressing is the second highest risk occupation when it comes to hazardous chemical use. Contact dermatitis, for example, is the most reported skin condition. 80% of reports lead to the diagnosis of contact dermatitis.

The cause - frequent chemical handling and wet working.

It is estimated that 14 - 20% of hairdressing students drop out of training due to contact dermatitis.

Chemical substances can be hazardous by:

Breathing in fumes from hazardous chemicals

Swallowing chemicals or eating food that has been contaminated with chemicals.

Contact through the skin or eyes from contaminated surfaces or clothing.

Direct Contact
Getting chemicals on the skin or eyes

Getting chemicals into the body by high pressure equipment or contaminated sharp objects

Sensible precautions

Use the recommended chemical concentration
Clear up spillages immediately
Reseal containers after use
Store chemicals in a safe place
Wear gloves during mixing and pouring
Clean and dry your hands as much as possible throughout the day
Wearing face shields or goggles will prevent splashes in the eyes

You have a responsibility under COSHH to store and use hazardous chemicals safely.

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