Beauty and Salon

General Information

Date Added Resource Source
Jan 2016

Hairdressing: Ensure your own actions reduce risks to health and safety (PDF)

This chapter on safety and health precautions for hairdressers comes from an online book from

(Hairdressing Training)
Oct 2015

Dangerous beauty: Salon worker health is in the spotlight

This article summarizing recent events related to salon safety and health was written by Sarah Trotto and appeared in the September 27, 2015 issue of Safety and Health Magazine.

Nov 2014

Beauty and the Beast: Unmasking the impacts of toxic chemicals on salon workers (PDF)

This report will highlight the results of decades of research on the beauty care workforce, demonstrating the disproportionate incidence of cancers, neurological diseases, immune diseases, birth defects, reproductive disorders, skin diseases, asthma, and breathing problems in this population.

Mar 2014

Occupational health and safety in the hairdressing sector

This report describes the risks faced by hairdressers and outlines what action is being taken within the EU to both protect workers and develop an integrated approach to safety and health in this sector.

(European Agency for Safety and Health at Work)
Aug 2012

Work-Related Asthma - Asthma Action Plan

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) in Ontario notes hairdressers are more likely to develop occupational asthma than many other workers. In addition,many countries have documented an increased risk of work-related asthma for hairdressers and nail technicians.

Jul 2012

New Jersey Safe Schools Program: Cosmetology Safety and Health Website

This website aims to provide pertinent and current safety and health information, resources and tools for Cosmetology teachers and their students, who will be young adult professionals working in salons after their educational program and successful completion of the licensing exam (theoretical and practical components).

(New Jersey Department of Education)
Dec 2011

OSHA Hair Salon Topic Page

Learn about formaldehyde in hair smoothing products and protecting worker heath.

Jan 2011

European Agency for Safety and Health at Work: Risk assessment for Hairdressers

Following a brief introduction to the hairdressing sector and occupational health and safety in the sector, this article includes sections on ‘How to do a Risk Assessment’ and ‘How to use a Checklist’. A checklist is then presented to help identify the hazards in the sector.

(European Agency for Safety and Health at Work)
Oct 2010

Keratin Based Smoothing Products and the Presence of Formaldehyde (Oregon OSHA & CROET at OHSU) (PDF)

This report addresses issues related to the use of formaldehyde containing hair straighteners in salons. Issued October 29, 2010.

(Oregon OSHA)
Sep 2010

California Safe Cosmetics Program - Related Links and Resources

This page, provided by California Department of Public Health, provides links to cosmetic-related publications provided by other groups and agencies.