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Quickly elevate health & safety standards in your hairstyling business by managing health & safety yourself. Our Hairdresser & Barber health & safety documents, templates and guidance are designed to be straightforward and user-friendly. Many are pre-populated with relevant information and pre-filled examples are included to make filling in your documents much easier.

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Why Health & Safety Is Non-Negotiable for UK Hairdressers and Barbers

When most people think about hairdressing and barbering, the first things that come to mind are style, creativity, and transformation. While these aspects are undoubtedly integral to the profession, health and safety should also be at the forefront. In the UK, overlooking these vital considerations can not only lead to serious consequences for staff and clients but can also incur legal ramifications.

The Risks at Hand

Chemical Exposure

From hair dyes to relaxers, a wide array of chemicals are commonly used in salons. Exposure to these substances can lead to skin irritation, respiratory issues, and in severe cases, chronic health problems. Therefore, adhering to COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) regulations is crucial.

Musculoskeletal Disorders

Standing for long hours, repetitive wrist and hand movements make hairdressers and barbers prone to musculoskeletal problems such as back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome. A failure to address these issues can lead to long-term health complications, reduced productivity, wellbeing and even mental health.

Cuts and Injuries

The profession inherently involves the use of sharp tools like scissors and razors, posing the risk of cuts and puncture wounds. Improper handling can cause severe injuries, which can in the worst cases be life-altering.

Legal Implications

In the UK there are health & safety regulations that hairdressing and barbering businesses must abide by, including the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the aforementioned COSHH regulations. Non-compliance can result in hefty fines and can even lead to the closure of the business.

Building Trust

Ensuring a safe environment isn’t just about avoiding penalties; it's also about building trust with your clients. Customers are more likely to return to a salon where they feel safe and well-cared for, which in turn helps to build a more successful business.

In Summary...

Health and safety in the hairdressing and barbering industry goes beyond mere regulatory compliance. It is essential for the well-being of both staff and clients. By acknowledging the risks and taking proactive steps to mitigate them, you not only create a safer workplace but also contribute to a more trusted and successful business.

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    Musculoskeletal Disorders

    Constant standing, repetitive movements, and awkward postures can lead to back pain, muscle strains, and other musculoskeletal issues. Ergonomic workstations and regular breaks are recommended to address this.

  • Hair stylist applying bleach to client's hair

    Chemical Exposure

    Frequent use of hair dyes, bleach, and other chemical treatments can expose hairdressers to hazardous substances. Proper ventilation, use of gloves, and correct storage are essential to mitigate this risk.

  • Cuts and Injuries

    Scissors, razors, and other sharp tools are essential in the trade but can cause injuries if not handled properly. Proper training and keeping the tools in good condition can help in reducing this risk.

  • Improve safety

    Health & safety at work is about preventing accidents, incidents and ill-health by assessing the work environment, the activities within it, and taking appropriate action.

  • Increase compliance

    Our ready to use documents, many of which are prefilled, will enable you to quickly increase your compliance to UK health & safety law.

  • Save money

    With UK H&S consultants often charging upwards of £400 per day, there is a better way. Take control and save yourself time and money.

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Investing in Safety: A Win-Win for Your Salon and Wallet

We understand that as a business owner in the hairdressing or barbering industry, time and money can often feel like they're in short supply. Juggling client appointments, managing staff, and keeping up with the latest trends already fills your plate, making it tempting to push health and safety compliance down the list of priorities. However, cutting corners on this critical aspect can put you, your team, and your clients at risk, not to mention potentially incurring hefty fines and legal repercussions. The reality is that neglecting health and safety measures can cost you far more in the long run, both in terms of finance and reputation, than they would to set up in the first place. Therefore, it's crucial to make time and allocate resources for thorough risk assessments, staff training, and compliance checks.

At we aim to take the friction out of health & safety for hairdressing and barbering businesses by providing products and guidance so simple to use they're almost enjoyable.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Hairdresser & Barber Health & Safety: FAQs

What are the key health and safety regulations that apply to my hairdressing or barbering business in the UK?

The primary regulations you need to be aware of include the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH), and the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992. These laws mandate general workplace safety, control of hazardous substances, and safe manual handling, respectively.

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How often should I conduct a risk assessment for my salon or barbershop?

Risk assessments should be an ongoing process and conducted regularly. However, a formal risk assessment is generally advised at least annually or whenever there are significant changes to your work environment, such as the introduction of new treatments or equipment.

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Do I need to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to my staff?

You will need to provide PPE for all members of staff if you have identified this requirement in your risk assessments.

How do I comply with COSHH regulations in my hairdressing or barbering business?

To comply with COSHH, you should start by conducting a risk assessment to identify any hazardous substances used in your salon or barbershop. Once identified, take measures to prevent or control exposure, such as using less hazardous alternatives or improving ventilation. Ensure that staff are trained in the safe handling, storage, and disposal of these substances. Also, maintain Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for all chemicals and make them readily accessible to employees.

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Do I need to have fire safety measures in place in my barbershop or salon?

Absolutely. You should have a fire safety risk assessment and implement fire safety measures based on its findings. This usually includes fire alarms, extinguishers, and clear, marked escape routes. Staff should be trained in what to do in case of a fire.

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Is it mandatory to display a health & safety law poster in my salon or barbershop?

You are required to either display a HSE-approved health & safety poster in your workplace or provide each worker with the equivalent leaflet. This serves to inform your staff about health & safety procedures and their rights and responsibilities.

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What should I do in case of a health and safety incident?

In the event of an incident, your first priority is to ensure the immediate safety of everyone involved. Once that's secured, you should report the incident in your accident log book and take any necessary corrective action. Serious incidents may need to be reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR).

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