Health and Safety

The Health and Safety at Work Act covers all health and safety legislation. Put simply it sets the basic rules that must be followed. It applies to everyone, employers, employees and the self-employed. Under this Act it states it is the responsibility of everyone to work in a safe and healthy manner.

Every employee, while at work, must take reasonable care for the health and safety of themselves and of others (clients and other staff members) who may be affected by the employees’ actions or lack of actions. You need to know the person to report a risk or hazard to.

  • A risk is when there is a potential of danger, i.e., when you are treating a client, you may spill water on the floor if care is not taken.
  • A hazard is when there is actual danger, i.e., the water is on the floor and people are likely to slip and fall.

Every employee must co-operate with their employer, with regards to health and safety legislation, to enable the employer to implement and maintain health and safety policies within the salon (this is a legal requirement).

There is several special regulations that come under the Health and Safety at work Act of 1974, a lot of the legal requirements that affects the employer, there are items of legislation that affect the employee as well. The following legislation affects you in the beauty industry.

  • The Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulation
  • The Manual Handling Operations Regulations
  • The Provision and use of Work Equipment Regulations
  • The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations (PPE)
  • The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH)
  • The Electricity at Work Regulations
  • The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations
  • The Health and Safety and First Aid Regulations and the reporting of accidents
  • Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR)
  • Fire Precautions Act
  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)


Practitioners must gain as a minimum public liability insurance. They may wish to also look at home and car insurance if using it for business purposes. Some treatments will also need licences to be obtained.

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Personal presentation

  • Remember the importance personal presentation looks professional especially when iy comes to first impressions.
  • Clothing should not be too loose; it may be caught in equipment and cause harm, or a baggy sleeve can dangle on the client.
  • Jewellery can scratch the client or may get their hair or clothes tangled up in it. You could catch your tools on rings or chains. Water can collect under rings and may contribute to dermatitis.
  • Shoes need to be enclosed to protect your feet from dropping tools. If you accidentally drop a pair of scissors the shoes will help to protect you. If the heal is too high, it may contribute to fatigue or back pain.
  • Nails need to be short to avoid scratching the client during the treatment. If nail polish is worn it needs to look professional and not chipped.
  • Hair needs to be in a style that can be kept out of the way when performing a treatment.
  • In addition to looking the part it is important that person hygiene is maintained too