BTEC National Diploma
Beauty Therapy Sciences
Workplace Practices and Procedures in Beauty Related Industries
Workplace Acts, Regulations and Legislation in Beauty Related Businesses
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Acts, Regulations and Legislation Handbook: Task 1 (P1, P2 & M1)
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Legal Statuses: Task 2 (P3)
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Non-Compliance: Task 3 (P4)
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It is important that all businesses comply with current regulations and legislation that affect beauty related businesses. According to the Health and Safety Executive (http://www.hse.gov.uk, Crown Copyright 2009) “All workers have a right to work in places where risks to their health and safety are properly controlled.” This involves employers taking responsibility for health and safety matters which should prevent the possibility of employees, themselves or other parties that may enter the workplace getting injured or ill through work related circumstances.
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Acts, Regulations and Legislation Handbook (P1,P2,M1)
Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
This is an act which is in place to safeguard all parties who enter the workplace, and those connected externally. It states that it makes “provision for securing the health, safety and welfare of persons at work, for protecting others against risks to health or safety in connection with the activities of persons at work…” (http://www.legislation.gov.uk, Crown copyright 1974) This act also defines how dangerous substances must be kept and used, how certain emissions must be controlled into the atmosphere, how the employment medical advisory service is to be utilised and to use building regulations “and the Building (Scotland) Act 1959” for connected purposes. (http://www.legislation.gov.uk, Crown copyright 1974)
This act is especially vital in a beauty related business. A beauty salon uses many different products and pieces of equipment which if not properly used, taking into account the correct safety procedures, could be hazardous not just to employers/employees but also to clients/customers. For example, when using a facial steamer, which is a piece of electrical equipment that also uses water, the equipment should always be placed where the wire will not be a trip hazard, ensure that the wattage of the fuse does not exceed the plug socket capacity, make sure that when filling the steamer with water it is nowhere near the electrical parts, and because it reaches boiling point (100 degrees centigrade) it should be kept out of reach until absolutely necessary.
Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002
(P1, P2)“COSHH is the law that requires employers to control substances that are hazardous to health.” (http://www.hse.gov.uk) Employees and other parties need to have as little exposure to these types of substances as possible and to do this it is the employers’ responsibility to find out the types of hazards that are associated within their industry, to carry out risk assessments, provide control measures and make sure they are used continuously, provide information and training to their employees, plan for emergencies and use health surveillance if necessary.
In beauty both employees and clients are exposed to many different chemicals, such as solvents in nail polish remover and cuticle remover. COSHH ensures that control measures are in place to prevent lengthy and concentrated exposure. This includes keeping the workplace well ventilated to help stop too much inhalation of chemicals and always replacing caps/lids on products to minimise the risks of spillages which could be irritant to the skin, amongst other things.
This particular regulation is extremely relevant in beauty, and it is beneficial to a business in this industry as it helps to prevent illness and...
Bibliography: the Health and Safety at Work Act. Like the Act, they apply to every work activity.”
(http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/hsc13.pdf, Crown Copyright 2003)
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