Working as a hairdresser is considered a safe vocation. However sometimes accidents do happen and injuries in this type of role vary from minor to severe and can include:
- Slips, trips and falls
- Back Injuries
- Electric shock due to faulty equipment
Alongside these injuries hairdressers can be exposed to various toxins and chemicals which have been known to harm your health. Symptoms of harmful exposure include:
- Skin reactions
- Lung damage
In the event of any accident at work we always advise you seek medical attention first. Make sure your accident is recorded in the accident book if not at the time of accident then as soon as possible afterwards.
The accident book is very important when making a claim for compensation. Although the compensation is not dependant on an entry in the accident book it will certainly help us to present your case with as much evidence as possible.
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Hairdressers constantly work with a lot of heated tools, such as hair straighteners, hair dryers, curling tongs etc, which can heat up to temperatures of up to 250 degrees Celsius. Temperatures of this intensity can cause minor to severe burns, which can be really painful, and can limit your ability to work. To prevent this, your employer should make it their business to inspect these tools regularly, ensuring that they are in a safe condition to use. Furthermore, your employer should also make a deal out of turning the equipment off when not in use, in order to help prevent burns and injuries occurring in work.
Burns can also be caused by chemicals. Hairdressers frequently use chemicals in substances such as hair dyes and bleaches. It is your employer’s duty of care to ensure that all members of staff are provided with sufficient protection, such as gloves, to minimise the risk of chemical burns at work.
Hairdressers work in an environment where electricity and water are both used. This creates a potential risk of electric shocks, which can vary in severity. As an employer, it is your burden to ensure that your salon is set out in an appropriate way, of which will reduce the risks of electric shocks at the workplace.
Slips, trips and falls are the most common cause of injury in most workplaces, and especially in a salon. It is important that regular floor sweeps are practiced, in order to clear the working space of water, spillages, wires, plugs and excess hair.
Dermatitis is a skin condition caused by the continuous exposure to chemicals and water containing chemicals. As a hairdresser, you are constantly exposing your hands to chemicals; from washing hair to bleaching it, which can result in obtaining dermatitis. Your employer should certify that all employees are administered with protective gloves, in order to prevent the development of dermatitis.
However, the provided protection against chemicals is often latex gloves, or gloves with a latex base. Latex is commonly known as an irritable material, which can cause latex allergies, or even worsen existing latex allergies. It is your employer’s duty to check the allergies of all members of staff before providing these gloves, to make certain that there will be no injuries or allergic reactions at the employer’s fault.
If you have been injured in the workplace due to any of the above circumstances, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. This requires adequate evidence that your employer or another colleague is held responsible for your injuries.