Health and Safety in hairdressing and beauty therapy

Hairdressing and beauty therapy need to comply with Health and Safety legislation.

The main piece of legislation is The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, which places general duties on employers, employees and the self-employed. The basic idea is that the premises, equipment, and practices, whilst people are affected by your work activities, are as safe as reasonably practicable.

To enquire on how to register as a hairdresser please contact licensing.

The hair and beauty industry

A trip to the hairdressers or beauty salon should be an enjoyable experience; however recent horror stories have been highlighted in the press about dirty salons, poor practices and infections. The problem is how can you tell a good salon from a bad one?
Doncaster Council has teamed up with the Hair and Beauty Industry Authority (HABIA) and become their Lead Authority. HABIA is the government-approved standards setting body for hair, beauty, nails and spa, and creates the standards that form the basis of all qualifications. For more information about HABIA use the following link: Habia 
The Lead Authority Partnership Scheme or (LAPS) is when a Local Authority (LA) acts as a focal point for liaison on health and safety issues between a company, or in this case an industry, and other LA’s with the same company or industry within their area. With the hair and beauty industry being a nationwide industry and one that is rapidly growing, the need for consistent and informed enforcement becomes more and more important. By working with HABIA Doncaster Council has access to up to date information from the industry.
For more information on Health and safety in hairdressing visit the following website: HSE Hairdressing


Last updated: 23 November 2023 10:47:02

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