In a packed function room at the Crowne Plaza, Hair&Beauty SA this week launched Safety with Style – a cutting edge work health and safety guide specific for the hair and beauty industry.
SafeWork SA contributed $50,000 towards the project through a South Australian Work Health and Safety Innovative Practice Grant.
“Since late last year we have been visiting as many small businesses as possible to provide advice and support about the seven work health and safety steps and how owners and operators can best meet their responsibilities,” said SafeWork SA’s Acting Executive Director Ms Marie Boland.
“I am excited about adding collaboration with Hair&Beauty SA to SafeWork SA’s burgeoning list of industry partnerships,” Ms Boland said.
The figures show that body stressing is still the number one cause of injury in this industry, making up 60 per cent of injuries in South Australia in 2014.
The guide looks to address and reduce common workplace injuries in the hair and beauty industry such as body stressing through manual tasks, the safe use of chemicals and electrical equipment safety.
The guide will be widely distributed by Hair&Beauty SA with around 2,500 salons being able to access it online.
“This initiative has been a collaborative effort prepared on behalf of Hair&Beauty SA, Service Skills SA, Hair Co-op, and Graphic Alliance,” said Project Manager for Hair&Beauty SA, Ms Shelley Morton.
“Our primary aim of this initiative is to minimise the risks for everyone working in our industry, with the intent for them to have a full and prosperous career,” Ms Morton said.
For more information on the Safety with Style guide or our Seven Steps for Small Business guide, please visit www.safework.sa.gov.au.