COSHH and hairdressers - key messages
- Frequent contact with water and shampoo can irritate the skin leading to dermatitis.
- Some hairdressing and cleaning products can cause dermatitis and skin allergies.
- Some dusty products like persulphates and henna can cause asthma.
- Some hair sprays can make asthma worse.
There are simple things you can do to 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.
Visit the HSE hairdressing web pages for more information.