Salons win award for third successive year
9th June 2009 4:39pm - Return to press releases
East Riding College's training salons have won an industry award for health, safety and cleanliness for the third year in a row.
The salons, at the College's campuses in Bridlington and Beverley, have been accredited by the Hair and Beauty Industry Authority (HABIA) and East Riding of Yorkshire Council following unannounced spot checks by health and safety inspectors.
The nationally recognised award is given to clean salons which carry out specified safe and hygienic practices necessary to ensure employee and customer safety.
Wendy Chaplin (pictured, front row, second from left), safety, health and environment manager at the College, said: "We are delighted to have earned a HABIA award for the third year running, which is a testament to the hard work of our students and salon staff.
"Health and safety is a priority for the College as it is essential to ensure students follow the right practices from the beginning of their careers and because they develop their skills by working on paying members of the public, like in any other salon."
The College has working hair and beauty salons at its campuses in Gallows Lane, Beverley, and St Mary's Walk, Bridlington.
Both are open to the public and operate like any other business, although rates are discounted in recognition of the students' experience.
Students carry out all the established and recently developed treatments and are supervised by tutors.
Chris Dunnachie, senior health and safety inspector at the Council, said: "East Riding College has been at the forefront in the locality, working with enforcement inspectors from the Council and Health and Safety Executive to improve salon health and safety practices, particularly promoting measures to prevent occupational dermatitis.
"If students - the salon owners of the future - can accept the wearing of non-latex gloves for shampooing as the norm, supplemented by regularly moisturising hands and undertaking skin checks, the historical acceptance of bleeding and cracked skin as 'part of the job' will be challenged and these practices improved for everyone in the hair and beauty sectors."
To book an appointment at one of the College's salons, call the salon reception on 01482 306667 for Beverley or 01262 458844 for Bridlington.
For more information about hair and beauty courses at East Riding College, call 0845 120 0037 or visit www.eastridingcollege.ac.uk
Pictured above are health and safety and teaching staff from the College and representatives of the Council and HABIA.
Notes to editors:
A photograph of East Riding College staff receiving the HABIA award is available. Call Matthew Croshaw, marketing and communications manager, on 01482 306612 or email firstname.lastname@example.org