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Hairdressers and Dermatitis

What you should know

  • Up to 70% of hairdressers suffer some form of skin damage.
  • Hairdressers are 17 times more likely to develop dermatitis than any other group of workers.
  • Dermatitis is caused by contact with chemicals present in hairdressing products and prolonged contact with water.
  • Dermatitis causes personal suffering, being unsightly and unpleasant
  • You can help prevent it - encourage your hairdressers / apprentices / students to look after their hands by wearing non-latex gloves, drying hands thoroughly and using moisturiser regularly.
  • Overall, dermatitis is bad for business - cost of sickness absence, staff turnover and loss of clients, risk of legal action.

For information on Dermatitis and what you should do, please visit the HSE Hairdressers website.

Contact Details

  • Name Environmental Safety and Health
  • Address People Directorate, 3-5 St James's Road, Dudley, DY1 1HZ
  • Telephone 0300 555 2345