Salons Earn Awards for Health and Safety

5th June 2008 5:23pm - Return to press releases

Back, left to right, Hair and beauty staff Natalee Eddom, Tina Mount and Mandi Moss with health and safety officer Wendy Chaplin, all from East Riding College. Seated are Cllr Barbara Jefferson, chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, and Wendy Nixon from HABIA.East Riding College's Hair and Beauty salons have earned awards for their cleanliness and health and safety.

The salons at the Bridlington and Beverley campuses, where students carry out treatments on paying members of the public, have been accredited by East Riding of Yorkshire Council and HABIA, the Hair and Beauty Industry Authority, for the second successive year.
It follows unannounced visits to the salons to observe working practices and the management of health and safety, and means customers can be confident the salons are run to the highest standards of cleanliness and health and safety.

Wendy Chaplin, health and safety officer for the College, said: ?I?m delighted we have achieved accreditation for the second year running.
?We pride ourselves on training the workforce of tomorrow and focus on training all students in health and safety to enable them to be an asset to future employers.

?The awards are based on set criteria such as cleanliness and hygiene to prevent occupational ill-health, such as dermatitis. They aim to improve and maintain standards in the hair and beauty industry.?

Sally Burns, head of housing and public protection for the council, said: "My team of inspectors are pleased to be working with HABIA and local colleges to encourage health and safety best practice within the hair and beauty environment.

?As students are the salon owners of the future, it is essential they are aware of simple practice to prevent ill-health such as dermatitis.?
She added: ?For years this debilitating skin condition caused by washing hair and colouring with bare hands has been accepted as a part of the job.

?Yet with simple measures, such as wearing longer non-latex gloves, moisturising hands and regular skin checks, dermatitis can be avoided.?

The College?s salons were among a number which were presented with their awards at a recent ceremony at the Ramada Jarvis Hotel in Willerby.

For information on hair and beauty courses run by East Riding College or to ask about becoming a customer, call 0845 120 0037.