Do hair salons need to know about first aid? After being asked by Toni and Guy’s Cosmetology School in Orange County to speak to their students about first aid, I realized that there was a serious lack of information out there addressing things that can happen at hair salons.

So what are the main types of emergencies that can occur at hair salons?

Here are the top 5 hazards at the salon:

1.) Cuts

2.) Thermal Burns

3.) Electrical Burns

4.) Falls

5.) Chemical Spills / Inhalation

Cuts – Stylists use razor sharp scissors and cuts are a possibility. Did the stylist take a little too much off around the ear and make you look like Van Gogh? Better pack some gauze in that first aid kit.

Thermal burns – With straightening irons, curling irons, and ovens at cosmetology schools, thermal burns are very likely. Cool water works best on burns – stay away from ointments, butter, etc.

Electrical burns – Too many appliances plugged into power strips can cause fires. Curling iron, straightening iron, and a hair dryer? All of these draw serious amperage and can overload electrical cords. Remember to keep them away from the water as well to prevent electrocution. Make sure your staff knows how to shut of the power at your circuit panel as well.

Falls – The broom is your friend! Keeping hair swept up will prevent falls, ankle sprains, and broken wrists. The last thing you need is a little old lady taking a header in the salon and having the fire department show up.

Chemical Spills and Inhalation – 99% of all salons are well ventilated and it is important to keep chemicals separate. Bleach and ammonia are poisonous when mixed together. Each salon should have an MSDS (Material Safety and Data Sheets) that lists all of the chemicals used in the salon and their chemical properties to be OSHA compliant.

There you have it! Cuts, burns, falls, and chemical spills can wreak havoc on you your staff and clients! Protect yourself as best as possible! Want to get all of your staff on the same page? Many CPR and first aid companies offer onsite CPR training and will train you at your salon. Your staff and clients will thank you!

Source by Zack Zarrilli

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