This Week's News 26.01.18

Would you be willing to take on an "Apprentice for a Day?"

National Apprenticeship Week (#NAW18) will be held 5 - 9 March 2018 and is an exciting opportunity to celebrate apprenticeships and how they benefit people, businesses, communities and our economy. To support this national event, we would like you to open your salon doors to host an "Apprentice for a Day" experience for young people in your local area.

If you are interested in supporting this event, we will assist you in liaising with your local school's career office to procure an eager learner! Alternatively, your staff/current apprentices may know of someone keen to enjoy a Taster Day at a top rate salon!

Please contact us on 02392 591 666 if you are interested in taking part. Remember, it's not just the young people who will benefit! By participating in this event, your business may gain added media exposure and possible new recruits! Please visit NAWS website for further information.

Healthy and safe salons

Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974

  • Employers have duties under this Act to ensure the health and safety of all employees and anyone who may be affected by their work.

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulation's 2002 (COSHH)

  • These Regulations are commonly known as COSHH and they lay down the essential requirement for controlling the exposure to hazardous substances and for protecting people who may be affected by them. It is important to list all the hazardous chemicals/products that a salon may use, and to ensure that all staff have been trained in the safe use and handling of chemicals/products.

The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulation's 1992

  • This Act requires all employers to ensure that the salon has adequate ventilation from chemicals such as hair spray or per lotion, a good standard of cleanliness is upheld, adequate lighting available and adequate toilet facilities, which are well ventilated and lit.

Check-list for ensuring health and safety at hairdressing salons

  • Have you identified areas where hazardous activities are carried out on your premises?
  • Have you carried out risk assessments for each of the hazardous activities?
  • Have you carried out a risk assessment for employees under 18, who are more at risk in the workplace?
  • Are staff prohibited from wearing certain clothing and footwear to protect their health and safety?

Display of notices

  • Is your employers liability insurance (ELI) certificate displayed?
  • Is the Health & Safety at Work law poster displayed - and has the necessary information been entered?
  • Are fire action and running man signs displayed?


  • Have you carried out the assessments required under COSHH 2002?
  • Do you minimise exposure to hazardous substances through good working practices, good ventilation and staff training?


  • Have you taken steps to prevent dermatitis, including staff training and the use of suitable gloves/skin care treatments?

Skin piercing

  • Have you registered your skin piercing activities with the local council?

Disposal of sharps

  • Do you have a policy in place for the safe disposal of sharps?

Blood born viruses (BBVs)

  • Do you have a policy for the safe cleaning of blood spillages?
  • Do you have a policy for safely administering first aid for cuts?
  • Are your staff trained in preventing the transmission of infectious diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis B?


  • Is the equipment maintained and properly cleaned between clients to prevent the spread of infection?

Electrical Equipment

  • Is electrical equipment visually checked every time before it is used?
  • Do you have a policy for the removal/disposal of faulty/broken electrical equipment?
  • Do you have a register of all electrical equipment used?
  • Do you arrange an annual visual inspection of all electrical equipment?


Adequate facilities are in place to launder gowns and towels etc. to meet the demands of the business and high standards of hygiene.

Firefighting equipment

  • Are staff trained in its use?
  • Are fire extinguishers correctly positioned around the premises?
  • Are fire extinguishers in date?
  • Are they regularly checked?

Fire exits

  • Are fire exits clearly signed?
  • Is access to fire exits kept clear at all times?

Safe use of hairdressing products

  • Obtain Product Data Sheets for each product from your supplier
  • Follow instructions and information on the product data sheets
  • Carry out all precautionary tests as recommended by the manufacturer
  • Never mix products unless recommended by the manufacture
  • Ensure all containers are adequately labelled
  • Use protective equipment as recommended - this also means wearing gloves for mixing and when doing foils
  • Don't use solutions on clients with abrasions or irritated scalps
  • Store products in a dry place, at or below room temperature;
  • Keep products away from naked flames
  • Ensure proper disposal of unused mixtures and empty containers
  • Containers should be sealed when not in use

Team ITS warmly welcomes these learners who started their Apprenticeships this week

Abbie-May Pilkington - Level 2 Hair Professional Apprenticeship - Toni & Guy, Farnham
Ellie Wing - Level 2 Hair Professional Apprenticeship - Glitterati, Weybridge
Jorja Lee - Level 2 Hair Professional Apprenticeship - Toni & Guy, Farnham
Laura Standivan - Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship - Emotive Reigate
Lucy Fagan - Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship - Glitterati, Weighbridge

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