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Workplace Health and Safety

Workplace Health and Safety | OHS # 2 - Different workplaces and their hazards... +OHS # 3 Hair Stylist | Scoop.it
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This article outlines the risk factors which could potentially cause a slip, trip or fall in the hairdressing workplace. It is from this article and further research on the Queensland Governments - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland key health and safety tips for hairdressers, that it can be established that precautionary measures can be put in place to prevent accidents in the hairdressing workplace.

 

The list of activities and instructions given as a guideline for hairdressers to prevent slips, trips and falls include:

 

 

"- Clean up spills on the floor promptly (e.g. surfaces can become slippery from unswept hair, or when they are wet, polished or oily).

- Use slip-resistant flooring in areas likely to become wet (e.g. around basins).

- Make sure floors are kept clean and in good condition (e.g. free from holes, curled carpet edges).

- Make sure working areas are kept clear and tidy to allow adequate space to perform tasks.

- Make sure walkways are adequately lit and clear of clutter (e.g. excess equipment, trolleys).

- Make sure footwear is suitable for the type of work and work environment (e.g. footwear with low heels, shock absorbing soles or inserts, supportive and with non-slip soles)." (Queensland Government, 2014)

 

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Queensland Government, 2014, Key health and safety tips for hairdressers, Queensland Government - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, viewed 22.05.14,http://www.deir.qld.gov.au/workplace/documents/showDoc.html?WHS%20Fast%20Facts/retailwholesale%20-%20hairdresser#.U32oH-aSxuA

 

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An Evaluation of Health and Safety Management Practices in the Hairdressing Industry - NZ Department of Labour

Hairdressing includes tasks with repetitive movements. The movements are not forceful but the rate of movement can be very rapid and may exceed a hundred a minute.
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This article addresses the hours of work and recovery breaks which an average hairdresser would normally face. It is evident that fatigue is a prevalent issue in this popular industry. The Queensland Government - Workplace Health and Safety has designed a list of activities and instructions that can be adopted in order to prevent fatigue for hairdressers.

 

The list of health and safety tips in regards to fatigue include:

 

- "Make sure there are enough workers to cover for sick and annual leave.

- Plan for overtime so that workers can schedule their activities around it.

- Use job rotation for repetitive tasks, or work that involves heavy physical demands.

- Put contingency plans in place to allow for removing fatigued workers from work activities where there is a considerable risk to health or safety.

- Have a policy on second jobs – make sure workers understand the obligation to have enough sleep.

- Instruct workers about the effects of fatigue and how to minimise it." (Queensland Government, 2014) 

 

Through the use of these instructions and activities, fatigue can potentially be eliminated in the hairdressing workplace, creating healthier and happier employees. 

 

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Queensland Government, 2014, Key health and safety tips for hairdressers, Queensland Government - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, viewed 22.05.14,http://www.deir.qld.gov.au/workplace/documents/showDoc.html?WHS%20Fast%20Facts/retailwholesale%20-%20hairdresser#.U32oH-aSxuA

 

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Carpal Tunnel, Hairdressers, Hand Health & Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). ( NZhairdressers.co.nz )

carpal tunnel hairdressers - It occurs when the median nerve is compressed, causing changes in sensation, pain, and limiting the full use of the hand of hairdressing carpal tunnel
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It is suggested on the Queensland Government - 'Key health and safety tips for hairdressers' that to reduce the risk of a repetitive strain injury hairdressers can follow standard procedures in order to prevent injury. It is suggested that hairdressers should purchase equipment (i.e scissors) that is light as well as well as follow the manufacturer's instructions for the safe use of equipment, and train employees on safe working practice in regards to equipment safety.

 

These simple steps, could mean the difference between a life of creativity, and the end of a career.

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Construction Purchasing Officer

Construction Purchasing Officer | OHS # 2 - Different workplaces and their hazards... +OHS # 3 Hair Stylist | Scoop.it

Meet Stephen, a construction purchasing officer based in the industrial heart of Brisbane. Initially, I could not think of too many health and safety hazards which Stephen may need to deal with in his workplace, but after a short interview my views had certainly changed.

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REPETITIVE STRAIN INJURY and EYE STRAIN

Being a purchasing officer requires the constant use of a computer. In the busy world of construction which Stephen works in, he is required to type many documents for long periods of time. As he is working in a very fixed position for such an extensive period of time, he frequently finds himself coming home feeling cramps and pains. To break up Stephens’s routine, he likes to leave the office for lunch in order to get more movement into his day.

With the long hours of being on a computer, Stephen finds he commonly gets sore strained eyes. In addition to this, he sometimes gets headaches during long periods at the computer too.

 

OVERALL HEALTH

Working for a construction company, especially one which is coordinating many jobs across the rapidly growing Brisbane, comes with stress and pressure. It is Stephens’s job to ensure that all equipment and products are at the job sites they are intended for on time.

 

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Stephen’s job also lends itself to the requirement of visiting job sites. This meaning that he on occasions will need to go to sites which require personal protection equipment such as high visibility vests, steel cap boots, hard hats and safety glasses.

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Hair Stylist

Hair Stylist | OHS # 2 - Different workplaces and their hazards... +OHS # 3 Hair Stylist | Scoop.it

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Meet Janette, a senior hair stylist going on 30 years in the trade next year. She began her career at Stefan Hair Fashions as an apprentice hair stylist, completing her apprenticeship through the Kangaroo Point TAFE College. She worked with this company for 5 years until she stopped to have her first child. After her first child was born, she decided to return to the workforce in a smaller salon as she did not want the pressures associated with being employed in a large company. It was for four years that Janette worked for Shades and Shapes in Redbank Plains, and managed the salon for two of these years. She worked up until falling pregnant with her second child. It was after eighteen months of maternity leave that she returned back with her original employer Stefan Hair Fashions. Through her work she earned many awards for her skills, including several trips to Hong Kong. After another sixteen years of service with Stefan, she decided it was time for a change. In 2010, Janette joined the team at Supercuts in Redbank Plaza Shopping Centre (25min from Brisbane). Since being with this company, she has taken out multiple awards including the senior hair stylist for her company three years in a row. She is a very sought after hair stylist with her personal clientele coming for regular appointments from as far as Sydney.

 

Janette describes her job as “often not being the most pleasant in terms of glamour”. After a discussion about what her work entails, it is eye opening how many health and safety hazards Janette faces on a day to day basis being a hair stylist. 

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CHEMICALS

The chemicals which are used by Janette on a day to day basis can irritate the eyes, nose, and skin as well as cause severe burn and eye damage. Due to these risks, she wears an apron, eye protection and disposable gloves. For Janette, wearing gloves is particularly important as she suffers from dermatitis which if flared up from using the harsh chemicals in her work. At one point in her career, Janette had to have one month off work because the skin on her hands had become so thin that they would regularly bleed. Janette described her hands “like I had hundreds of paper cuts all over my hands, and it would itch and hurt to the point where I would cry”. Before having dermatitis, she was not as efficient with her use of glove protection, which resulted in the painful skin condition.

 

SHARP INSTRUMENTS

Being a hair stylist, using scissors and razors are the tools of the trade. What comes with this trade is the high risk of cutting herself. Working in retail requires speed, but this is difficult when it comes to working with sharp objects. Janette has to be cautious from not cutting herself when cutting and sharpening her tools, as well as changing between exposed blades on her razor equipment. Janette said “if not trained, you can easily cut yourself in my trade”.

 

HYGIENE

Janette said that hygiene is a health issue she has to commonly deal with. Being a hair stylist attracts the possible confrontation of hygiene issues such as head lice and psoriasis of the scalp.  Head lice is contracted by direct contact from hair to hair with another person who is carrying head lice. Being a very up close and personal job, Janette takes caution by checking her client’s hair in order to prevent herself from catching lice. Psoriasis of the scalp is a condition which can produce reddish, raised and often scaly patches on the skin. With Janette having dermatitis which can result in open wounds, she takes care not to expose her hands to other clients open wounds.

 

CLIENTS HAIR

Janette often takes a little too much of her work home with her… that being her client’s hair! The splinters of hair which Janette trims throughout her day always get stuck in very unwanted places. From the cuts in her fingers, to the cracks of her heals and even her top lady parts, hair finds its way everywhere. This one of the not so glamorous sides to her work, as she frequently comes home and has to pick out the unwanted hair to stop the pain and prevent infection.

 

LONG STANDS and REPETITIVE STRAIN INJURY (RSI)

It is expected in Janette’s industry that she is to look stylish in her profession, which becomes an issue when it comes to feet. Being a hair stylist, Janette spends up to 12 hours a day on her feet for a constant period of time, which is regularly in uncomfortable shoes. This often results to back a leg strain. In addition to the time constantly standing, is the repetitive movements of cutting, trimming, blow-drying and hair straightening. These repetitive movements lead to cramping, muscle weakness and pain. For Janette, she feels it most in her hands and wrists but uses her regular visits to the gym to relax and reduce the pain.

 

BURNS

There are multiple types of burns which Janette faces on a day to day basis. Chemical burns (hair products), appliance burns (hair straighteners, wax pots, hair dryers), hot water burns and even burns from making a quick cup of tea, hair stylists are faced with an array of challenges.

 

ENVIRONMENT

It should also be mentioned that the overall environment is one which can attract hazardous floor surfaces. With the large volumes of hair which is cut daily, it is essential that the floor is regularly swept in order to prevent both staff and clients from slipping. In addition to this, water is occasionally spilt on the floor which can lead to a slippery surface also. It is vigilant floor checks which enables a safer work environment for everyone.

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Nail Salon | NYCOSH

Nail Salon | NYCOSH | OHS # 2 - Different workplaces and their hazards... +OHS # 3 Hair Stylist | Scoop.it
Emily Jesberg's insight:

There are many potential biological hazards which a hairdresser may face in their workplace. It is extremely important for the health of both the employee and their clients that biological safety measures are made in order to create a healthier and safe environment.

 

The Queensland Government- Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has provided a set of guidelines for hairdressers to implement in order effectively manage the health and safety of biological hazards in the workplace.

 

These health and safety tips for hairdressers include:

 

"- Make sure workers maintain good hygiene standards (e.g. wash hands regularly and cover cuts).

- Ensure workers decontaminate equipment, instruments and laundry after use and store items in a clean, dry place.

- Keep working surfaces and floors clean.

-Train workers in how to handle and dispose of sharp items carefully and use single use items where possible (e.g. provide disposable razor blades).

- Provide workers with disposable gloves for contact with blood and body substances." (Queensland Government, 2014)

 

Reference:

 

Queensland Government, 2014, Key health and safety tips for hairdressers, Queensland Government - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, viewed 22.05.14,http://www.deir.qld.gov.au/workplace/documents/showDoc.html?WHS%20Fast%20Facts/retailwholesale%20-%20hairdresser#.U32oH-aSxuA

 

 

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Chemicals in the salon

Chemicals in the salon | OHS # 2 - Different workplaces and their hazards... +OHS # 3 Hair Stylist | Scoop.it
Minimise the risks associated with hazardous and dangerous salon chemicals with these tips for handling and storing products.
Emily Jesberg's insight:

There are many hazards which come with being a hairdresser, one of these includes hazardous substances. It is essential that all hairdressers are trained and follow safety precautions to prevent injury as a result of hazardous substances.  

 

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has an extensive list of activities and instructions which help assist those in the hairdressing workplace. 

 

The key health and safety tips for hairdressers using hazardous substances include:

 

- "provide the least hazardous chemicals for the job

-  make sure Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) are available for substances classified as hazardous.

-  Ensure workers read the label and MSDS and follow instructions.

-  Ensure workers do not store chemicals in food and/or drink containers

- Ensure workers wash their hands, arms and face with mild soap several times a day to clean off chemicals (e.g. hair dyes and perm solutions).

- Ensure workers are given information, training and supervision on how to handle hazardous substances safely.

- Make sure the salon has effective ventilation to control chemical contaminants and odours." (Queensland Government, 2014)

 

This list of instructions and activities provided by the Queensland Government is an excellent guide to aid in creating a safe workplace.

 

Reference:

 

Queensland Government, 2014, Key health and safety tips for hairdressers, Queensland Government - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, viewed 22.05.14, http://www.deir.qld.gov.au/workplace/documents/showDoc.html?WHS%20Fast%20Facts/retailwholesale%20-%20hairdresser#.U32oH-aSxuA

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Registered Theatre Nurse

Registered Theatre Nurse | OHS # 2 - Different workplaces and their hazards... +OHS # 3 Hair Stylist | Scoop.it

Meet Andrew, a Registered Nurse who works in the operating theatres at one of Queensland's largest tertiary hospitals. He has been scrubbing for surgical procedures for nearly 3.5 years, and needs to factor a large number of workplace health and safety precautions into his role. 

Emily Jesberg's insight:

 

STRESS/FATIGUE (Health)

Factors which Andrew must face in his profession are stress and fatigue. Andrew works many long night shifts which regularly make him tired and feeling fatigued. On some occasions he has completed night shifts, to only be called back in again due to complications with the prior procedure. Andrew mentioned it can be stressful working with the varying rosters of doctors. This is due to each doctor having different ways of communicating which equipment is required for the operation at the time. Andrew is also required to occasionally wear lead gowns over longer periods of time due to radiation from x-rays. These gowns are heavy, and put the body under physical stress.  

 

RISK OF INFECTION/DISEASE

Andrew takes caution to prevent the spread of infection and disease by wearing protective clothing such as masks and gloves. 


SHARPS

Being a theatre nurse, Andrew has to use various sharp equipment in the procedures he operates. This equipment includes scalpel blades, surgical scissors, and sutures. Andrew also has to ensure that the sharps are disposed of in designated sharps containers to ensure safety. 


EQUIPMENT

There is some equipment that Andrew works with which requires training and caution when used.


The intraoperative x-ray machine requires Andrew to wear a lead gown for protection from radiation. 


The use of an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) machine requires Andrew to be vigilant in eliminating ferrous material in the room of the scan. This is due to the strong force field created by the machine. If these materials are not eliminated, they will be pulled violently towards the magnetic source and could cause injury.


As a nurse, Andrew also uses a diathermy machine. This machine runs electrical current through the patients body, at the source of contact with the diathermy pencil. This meaning, Andrew must take electrical safety into consideration when assisting operations. 


Andrew made a strong point that he uses a large variety of drills. This requires him to ensure he is always kept clear of the moving drill piece to prevent injury. 


Saw blade are also a safety hazard in Andrew's job. These also require him to keep clear of the moving instrument. 


PERSONAL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT

Personal protection equipment place an extremely important role in protecting Andrew in his day to day schedule. The PPE Andrew must commonly wear at work includes masks, goggles, enclosed shoes and lead gowns.

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Delicatessen Assistant

Delicatessen Assistant | OHS # 2 - Different workplaces and their hazards... +OHS # 3 Hair Stylist | Scoop.it

Meet Amanda, a delicatessen assistant at my local Woolworths supermarket. Amanda has only recently joined the Woolworths team, however she is learning that there are many hazards which come with being in her new role. 

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SHARP EQUIPMENT

There are many sharp objects Amanda uses as a delicatessen assistant, including scissors and chicken shears, but she has found the most common sharp object that she must take care using are knives. Amanda uses mesh gloves (as seen in picture) to protect herself from sharp objects such as knives. She takes special care to also return unused knives back into holsters in order to protect both herself and colleagues.

 

SLIPPERY FLOORS

Amanda must take care when moving around in the delicatessen as it attracts slippery liquids such as chicken oil from the oven, as well as shaved meats and water. The company has employed a “destination zero” approach in an effort to minimise any falls. Amanda explained that every hour it is mandatory for all staff to check the floor in their area when a “service zero” call is made. In addition to this, Amanda wears appropriate footwear for her working environment to aid her should she encounter a slippery surface.

 

MACHINERY/CUTS/BURNS

Amanda also informed me that she uses equipment such as meat/cheese slicers as well as an industrial oven. Amanda takes care when using the slicers by wearing two mesh gloves to clean the slicer, as well as always isolate all power when cleaning. She never leaves the slicer unattended also. The oven which is used to cook chickens does get extremely hot. Amanda uses thick heat protective oven gloves when she needs to come in contact with the oven. She also said she “must take extreme caution not to open the oven door too fast as the steam which escapes can burn you if you are not careful”.

 

CHEMICALS

Amanda also uses an array of chemicals in order to keep the delicatessen clean. She has been trained about the purpose for each chemical as well as referred to the material safety data sheets, which inform her of further information about these chemicals.

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Audio Visual Technician

Audio Visual Technician | OHS # 2 - Different workplaces and their hazards... +OHS # 3 Hair Stylist | Scoop.it

Meet Jayden, an audio visual technician for the company AVPartners. This company specialises in audio-visual event staging for areas of vision, sound and lighting. AVPartners is established in 8 different locations across Australia, Jayden is based in Brisbane.  Being only 19, Jayden is a new member to the industry. He has had previous experience in this field through technical teams at school and volunteering at production companies in Ipswich. Health and safety plays an important role in Jayden’s job not just for himself, but the large bodies of people his company stages for.

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HEIGHTS/FALLS

Jayden’s field of work regularly requires him to install equipment at a large height. It is with these large heights comes the responsibility of safe working practices to prevent falls. Not only does Jayden need to take care of himself, but he is also vigilant of securing equipment so that it does not fall on others below him.

 

BURNS

Jayden also explained that some equipment tends to get hot after use. To prevent any injury such as burns, Jayden makes sure to always let the equipment cool down before relocating or touching it.

 

ELECTRICAL FAULTS

Jayden enlightened me that he himself has never had any issues with electrical faults, however he always takes care to manage all electrical equipment to ensure the best possible safety for himself and those around him. It is a risk which comes with the industry he works in, however he has been trained by his employer about safe working practices.

 

PERSONAL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT

The main personal protection equipment that Jayden uses on a day to day basis are his steel cap shoes. He wears these to protect his feet from any heavy objects which may come in contact with his feet should something fall or collide with him.

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