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Document ID (ISN)112541
CIS number 12-0205
Year 2009
Convention or series no. RR 721
Author(s) Yeomans L., Coldwell M., Saunders J., Farrant J., Codling A., Bowen J., Harris-Roberts J.
Health and Safety Executive
Title An exploratory study of occupational health risks for beauty therapists who carry out massage and spray tanning treatments
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2009. vi, 41p. Illus. 25 ref.
Internet access An_exploratory_study_[INTERNET_FREE_ACCESS] [in English]
Abstract This study explored the possible risks of musculoskeletal and respiratory ill health for beauty therapists who deliver massage and spray tanning treatments. The delivery of these treatments was observed in three salons who also offered facials, waxing, manicures and pedicures. Postural analyses indicated an overall medium risk level of developing MSDs. However, as the reported durations were short and frequencies low, the true risk may be lower. When delivering spray tanning treatments, the workers' personal exposures to specific volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds were all low and the active ingredient in spray tan solution was not detected. The bacterial/fungal contamination of the samples was very low and not considered to pose a risk to health.
Descriptors (primary) United Kingdom; respiratory diseases; musculoskeletal diseases; beauty parlours; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) volatile substances; posture recording; exposure evaluation; job study; public OSH institutions; glossary; report
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Occupational pathology
Toxic and dangerous substances
Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Chemical safety
Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Hairdressing & beauty parlours
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)