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Document ID (ISN)112542
CIS number 12-0321
Year 2009
Convention or series no. RR 722
Author(s) Bailey C., Beswick A.
Health and Safety Executive
Title Identification of microbial contamination in body wax samples
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2009. viii, 19p. Illus. 10 ref.
Internet access Identification_of_microbial_contamination_[INTERNET_FREE_ACCESS] [in English]
Abstract There are few published data available regarding infection prevention and control during the process of body waxing. This microbiological sampling study of wax pot residues in salons was therefore undertaken to inform the Health and Safety Executive on this area of treatment. Samples were collected from 13 beauty salons in the United Kingdom. Most samples were found to be negative for any detectable microbial contamination (bacteria or fungi). The study concluded that the findings were indicative of generally low level of contamination at the limit of available detection levels. Several proposals are made for further improving working methods to reduce risks of contamination.
Descriptors (primary) United Kingdom; vegetable waxes; beauty parlours; contamination
Descriptors (secondary) fungi; bacteria; sampling and analysis; public OSH institutions; report
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Hairdressing & beauty parlours
Biological hazards