Hairdressers/Tanning Shops

Advice can also be found on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website.

TheĀ health and safety policy document consists of 3 main parts:

  • The general policy statement
  • The organisation and responsibilities for carrying out the policy
  • The arrangements for ensuring health and safety of employees

Accident Arrangements

  • Details of the first aid facilities and trained members of staff
  • Accident book location
  • Reporting procedures under RIDDOR
  • Contacts at the nearest hospital or GP

Fire Safety Arrangements

  • Fire precautions and procedures for staff to take in the event of a fire
  • Fire escape routes
  • Contacts at the fire department
  • Details on inspection procedures to ensure fire safety


  • Identification of person(s) responsible for training
  • Details of the specific training and supervision required for each job
  • Information on the methods of identifying training requirements
  • Details on the type and the location of training records

Hazardous Substances

(subject to risk assessment)

  • Location of COSHH data sheets for substances, these may include perming lotions, hydrogen peroxides, dyes, cleaning chemicals
  • Identification and location of a suitable storage area
  • Safety requirements for use of substances, for example, personal protective equipment
  • Procedure for introducing a new chemical

Electrical Equipment

  • Procedures for checking for electrical safety
  • Details of who carries out visual checks and formal checks
  • Action to be taken in the event of a problem
  • Contact details for electrician

Gas Appliances

  • Details of the examination scheme for gas appliances
  • Action to be taken in the event of a problem
  • Contact details for Corgi registered service and repair workers

Manual Handling

(subject to risk assessment)

  • Precautionary measures to be taken to minimise manual handling, for example, when handling laundry
  • Training details

General Safety Requirements

(subject to risk assessment)

  • Methods of keeping traffic routes free from obstruction
  • Prevention of slips, trips and falls
  • Cleaning regimes and procedures
  • Avoid using heating appliances that employ a naked flame

Rules for Visitors and Contractors

Report to management on arrival and departure

Safe Use of Machinery

  • Details of training requirements for staff
  • Safety precautions to be taken when using all equipment such as: hair clippers, scissors, drying hoods

Welfare Facilities

  • Staff toilet provision
  • Staff rest area provision including non smoking facilities
  • Adequate heating, ventilation, lighting

Use of Tanning Booths and Sunbeds

  • Questionnaires for users of booths and sunbeds
  • Regular maintenance details
  • Information regarding use in accordance with the manufacturers' instructions
  • Suitable training for staff in the appropriate use of booths and sunbeds
  • Information and instructions to users

Lone Working

  • Provision of training of lone workers to understand the risks and take the necessary precautions
  • Instructions on how to raise the alarm in the event of an emergency
  • Arrangements for employees working away from the central base
  • Regular use of a contact system, for example, 2 hourly telephone contact

It must be borne in mind that this is not an exhaustive list of subject matters. Not all of the above areas may be applicable to your business.