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RR623 - Occupational asthma, respiratory issues and dermatitis in hairdressers and nail bars


Workers in hairdressers, beauty salons and nail bars are at potential risk of developing skin and respiratory ill health conditions if good working practices and effective exposure control methods are not applied.


This inspection initiative in London focussed on HSE’s priorities for preventing dermatitis and asthma caused or made worse by work.


Between October 2006 and April 2007, Local Authority Environmental Health Practitioners inspected 205 hairdressing and nail salons and returned the inspection checklists to HSL for analysis.

Main Findings

This report and the work it describes were funded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Its contents, including any opinions and/or conclusions expressed, are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect HSE policy.

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Updated 2019-09-02