Workplace Health and Safety Student Program
Hairdressing Industry (Continued)
Hazard identification is a key step in preventing injury and disease in the workplace. Where there's a risk, you need to stop and think. You need to think about what you are about to do, the potential risks and the likely effects on yourself and other people.
The 3 Step Approach to Hazard Identification:
Hairdressing can require employees to work with hazardous substances on a frequent basis.
Hazardous substances are dangerous. How dangerous depends on the type of substance, what it is made of, the way it enters the body, and the amount of substance that enters the body.
Harm to health may occur suddenly, such as dizziness, nausea and itchy eyes or skin; or it may occur gradually over years, such as dermatitis or cancer. Some people can be more susceptible than others.
Material Safety Data Sheet
A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) provides detailed information on a hazardous substance. It gives more details than a label. MSDSs are provided for your employer by the manufacturers and suppliers of hazardous substances.
you need more information on what you are using, ask your
supervisor or health and safety representative for an MSDS.
First aid treatment for hazardous substances should be part of your training.
Personal Protective Equipment
are required to provide personal protective equipment and
clothing (P.P.E.) when hazards in the workplace cannot be
Personal protective equipment and clothing used in the Hairdressing Industry can include such things as gloves; coveralls (aprons); footwear with covered non-slip soles; and protective hand creams as appropriate. Employees should be instructed and trained in the correct use of the P.P.E. provided by the employer.
This page was last updated on 23 July, 2001
Queensland Department of Industrial Relations