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Document ID (ISN)105855
CIS number 06-1412
ISSN - Serial title 0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Nixon R., Roberts H., Frowen K., Sim M.
Title Knowledge of skin hazards and the use of gloves by Australian hairdressing students and practising hairdressers
Bibliographic information Feb. 2006, Vol.54, No.2, p.112-116. 19 ref.
Abstract This study of occupational contact dermatitis among hairdressers involved 193 trainee hairdressers and 184 practising hairdressers, who completed a questionnaire detailing their knowledge of skin hazards, the skills they practised and the frequency of glove use. Knowledge of skin hazards was poor in both groups. While up to 70% of participants correctly identified hairdressing chemicals as potential skin hazards, less than 15% correctly identified the role of wet work. Only a small proportion recognized that hairdressing chemicals could cause allergy. Less-experienced hairdressers often handled chemicals, particularly hair dyes containing p-phenylene diamine. The use of gloves was inadequate, particularly when performing work at the basin, which both junior and senior hairdressers did on a regular basis. Recommended strategies for the prevention of hand dermatitis among hairdressers include improved student education, appropriate glove use and the application of after-work moisturizing creams.
Descriptors (primary) safety consciousness; hairdressing; skin diseases
Descriptors (secondary) protective gloves; allergens; irritants; Australia; young persons; hair preparations; skin creams; questionnaire survey; apprentices; p-phenylenediamine
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceAustralia
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Skin diseases
Hairdressing & beauty parlours
Safety culture and safety consciousness
Psychological factors