In a hairdressing salon, beauty salon or spa, there is a diversity of sharp objects, electrical devices and other types of articles that, in a moment of distraction or mishandling, could cause an accident. In addition, such equipment also runs the risk of being damaged which could affect its operation. It is important for safety no matter the business for both the employer, employee, and guests.
Learn more about the 10 most common accidents that occur in hairdressing salons or spas:
Injuries: Blows or cuts due to improper handling or carelessness when using sharp or pointed objects such as scissors, knives, razor blades or razors.
Contact with chemical substances: In these beauty centres chemical substances are used for various treatments, which cause risks through inhalation, contact with the skin, accidental ingestion or long-term illnesses. The correct use and storage of such risky products is essential. In fact, chemical burns sustained by clients are among the most common reason for burn injury claims being made against hairdressers or spas.
Muscular and joint injuries: Due to the requirements and physical postures that the beauty professional must undertake during the working day, for example, standing for many hours and performing repetitive movements (when performing cuts and hair washes) could cause joint problems in the short or long term.
Thermal contact: When making contact with an object at a very high temperature. This is very common and happens when the professional or client relies on holding hair straighteners, hair dryers, shapers, curling tongs and other electrical appliances.
Electrical contact: Direct or indirect contact with an electric device or appliance, such as dryers, thermal brushes, plugs or wiring. Many times, this also causes the object to be damaged.
Fire: The numerous thermal, electrical and wiring devices to maintain some machines (such as large dryers) increase the risk of a fire breaking out in such establishments.
Robberies: Not only are there risks of accidents, but hairdressers are not always located in safe areas, but have many valuable pieces of equipment, and are likely to be victims of robbery.
Falls: Irregular or uneven flooring, cables on the floor, clutter in the premises and lack of space due to excess furniture and appliances increase the risk of falls, slips and trips happening within the premises.
Diseases: In a closed environment, the lack of ventilation added to the continuous use of chemical products generates a climate that is not conducive to people, and can lead to causing illness, and in some cases long term health problems for practitioners.
Many of the above can potentially lead to unforeseen circumstances in which either a beauty practitioner or client suffers an injury, either due to negligence, faulty equipment or sheer carelessness during a treatment or procedure, which especially in the case of clients who sustain corporal injuries, which might be permanent, often results in legal beauty injury claims proceedings being filed by the individual.