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.

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