Hazards and Risks

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In this element you will learn about your responsibilities in relation to potential hazards in the salon and how you should deal with them. In some cases you will be able to deal with a hazard yourself, but in others you may need to ask the advice of a more qualified member of staff. In these instances you need to know ‘who’ to approach. You will also need to know your responsibilities for implementing the health and safety policies used in your salon – if you do not know what they are, how can you make sure you stick to them?
It may be helpful to give you the definition of a hazard and a risk:
Hazard = A hazard is something with potential to cause harm (something which may cause harm). Risk = A risk is the likelihood of the hazard’s potential being realised (the risk of the hazard actually happening).

Almost everything may be a hazard, but it may or may not become a risk. For example, a trailing lead from a hairdryer is a hazard. If it is trailing across the passageway of a client, it has a high risk of someone tripping over it: if it is safely out of the path of the client, the risk is much less.
Hairdressing products, such as hydrogen peroxide, stored in the salon are hazards and because they are toxic and flammable may present a high risk. However, if they are kept in a properly designed secure storage area and handled by trained stylists, the risk is much less than if they are left out in a busy workshop for anyone to use – or misuse.
What you will learn • Responsibilities – who does what • Policies in your workplace • Identifying risks • Reporting and dealing with hazards
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Jordan Burr
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