Hazards and Risks: Step 5 - Reporting and dealing with hazards

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Hazards can and do happen, and everyone should be aware of the safety implications. As part of personal responsibility, the stylist needs to be able to recognise when the hazard needs to be dealt with immediately, or when help may be needed, and if it needs to be reported to a supervisor, lecturer, technician or manageress.

It is important to be able to identify hazards before they become risks. Should they become risks it is essential to know how to deal with them.

RISK: Hazards from machinery or equipment (when using or maintaining)
How to avoid: Make sure machinery and equipment are in good working order, electrical equipment is tested for safety every six months and that all staff are adequately trained to use it.
When referral may be necessary: When a hazard is identified, you must make sure all staff are aware of it (each salon will have its own procedure for reporting faulty equipment or machinery). You will need to refer to a manager if the machinery or equipment is vital to the smooth running of the salon as he or she will need to authorise its repair or the purchase of a replacement.

RISK: A spillage
How to avoid: Take care when mixing, pouring and filling.
When referral may be necessary: When spillage material is corrosive or an irritant.

RISK: Slippery floors resulting from staff not following salon rules for tidying salon
How to avoid: Make others aware by blocking the area with a chair to prevent an accident. Sweep up powder spills, mop up spills of liquid, refer to COSHH sheets for correct method (COSHH deals with how to handle, store and dispose of chemicals and products see Element G1.2).
When referral may be necessary: When acid, grease or polish are spilt.

RISK: Environmental factors
How to avoid: Make sure all staff follow COSHH sheets and manufacturer’s
instructions when disposing of chemical products, sharps and infected waste (for
example, cut hair infected with head lice).
When referral may be necessary: When staff are not following specific guidelines; when the skin is pierced by used sharps; when infected waste is left causing a hazard to salon staff and clients.

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