Question: What controls should hairdressers consider and implement?
Answer: Hairdressing personnel should be trained to wear disposable, non-latex gloves when undertaking wet operations.
• Choose a longer - length glove; folding the cuff back to stop water running down the
• Change gloves between clients.
• Pick a smooth glove to stop hair snagging.
• Ensure their gloves are a good fit.
• Remove gloves by peeling them down from the cuff, while avoiding touching skin
with wet glove.
• Use a fresh pair of gloves for each new task.
• Ensure gloves are worn when cleaning up spills.
• Rotate jobs to minimise wet work.
• Develop the habit of examining their hands for any potential symptoms such as
dryness, flaking of inflammation. Dry their hands thoroughly with a soft cotton or
paper towel and understand that this is part of their skin care regime. Moisturise
after washing hands as well as at the beginning and end of the working day.
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