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SD – WORKING GROUP MEETING 13 OCT 2014
TRANSNATIONAL ESF PROJECT (4969)
FINAL REPORT PHASE 1 (January - March 2014)
Promoter: UBK/UCB vzw-asbl
Author: Miet Verhamme
POINTS TO DISCUSS
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Motive behind the project
Background to the project
Method desk research
Problem of health and safety
Risks linked to the workplace
Occupational illnesses and diseases
Scope of the research
Individual countries
Discussing a few examples
Conclusion
MOTIVE BEHIND THE PROJECT
Danish research:
Anne Bregnhoj, Prevention of hand eczema among Danish
hairdressing apprentices, (2011).
Croatian research:
Marija Kujundžić Brkulj, Jelena Macan, Skin Protection at Work in
Croatian Hairdressers - Archives of Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology
2013 Vol: 64(2), p 295-303.
BACKGROUND OF THE PROJECT
Transnational European Social Fund (ESF) project
Phase 1: desk research (descriptive) – 3 m
Phase 2: transnat. comparisons (study trips, peer reviews, creation of
training programme) – 15 m (April 2015)
End result
-Practical training to generate awareness for beginner hairdressers –
more than just skin problems!
-Supporting informative material
Phase 3: test experiment in Flanders – 6 m
METHOD DESK RESEARCH
•Research via documentation
•Contact members of Coiffure EU (good practices)
•Contact all European OSHA officers
•Circulate request via European Network for Workplace Health
Promotion (ENWHP)
PROBLEM OF HEALTH AND SAFETY
General thoughts
General problem
•Increasing tertiary sector and ageing of the population
Problem among hairdressers
•Occupational illnesses are more prevalent in the hairdressing sector
•Large turnover in staff
•Reasons for leaving the sector
•High social security costs (government)
•General lack of awareness about health and safety
•Personal distress and loss of income
RISKS LINKED WITH THE WORKPLACE
•Physical stress
•Chemical products and substances with allergens
•Humid environment
•Use of wrong equipment
•Insufficient attention to the design of hairdressing salons (ventilation,
lighting, etc.)
•Noise
•Poor dietary habits
•Irregular and long working hours
OCCUPATIONAL ILLNESSES AND DISEASES
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Skin complaints (hairdresser’s eczema, allergy to nickel, etc.)
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD)
Back complaints
Respiratory problems
Rheumatic complaints
Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
Poor circulation, dizziness, etc.
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SCOPE OF THE RESEARCH
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Good Belgian examples
European measures
Good European examples
Good examples from individual countries
17 INDIVIDUAL COUNTRIES
- Denmark
- Poland
- Croatia
- Ireland
- Germany
- Malta
- France
- Spain
- Austria
- Cyprus
- The Netherlands
- Finland
- Switzerland
- Italy
- Latvia
- Sweden
- Great Britain
A FEW EXAMPLES
EUROPEAN
•Uni Europa: creation of an app for smartphones
INDIVIDUAL MEMBER STATES
•Belgium: Risktrainer programme, ESF project ‘Practicability’
(sector-specific hardcopy manual with OIRA tool, campaign to
generate awareness about good pregnancy policy, work
differentiation tool, balance between private and professional life),
etc.
•Denmark: telephone hotline for hairdressers, Health and Safety
training programmes: taught and trained at school.
•Croatia: H&S: included in school curriculum, free workshops, e.g.
‘Your hands are the most important tool’, etc.
A FEW EXAMPLES
INDIVIDUAL MEMBER STATES
•Germany: BGW (insurance company): special training centre for
hairdressers: Studio 78 (Bochem), Hamburg: website and free
online database ‘KomNet Arbeitsschutz’, etc.
•France: Mixtilinear-ErgoCoiffure training, Document Unique
training, etc.
•Austria: ‘Safe Hair goes to school’, Start!klar, etc.
•The Netherlands: short- and long-term training programmes
Kapperspoli, digital test hand eczema, etc.
•Switzerland: training for employers (4 employees) about safety
manual
A FEW EXAMPLES
INDIVIDUAL MEMBER STATES
•Latvia: job training H&S for schools, manual, etc.
•Great Britain: hairdressing website Health & Safety Executive
(HSE), 'Bad Hand Day?’ campaign, etc.
•Poland: Vocational training – Health and Safety for starters,
employers, employees, etc.
•Ireland: Taking Care of Business, BeSMART.ie, etc.
•Malta: Inspection campaign for the hairdressing sector, etc.
•Spain: National inquiry into working conditions in the hairdressing
sector
•Cyprus: actions in relation to first OIRA tool, etc.
A FEW EXAMPLES
INDIVIDUAL MEMBER STATES
•Finland: Evaluation plan ‘The ergonomic workplace method’, etc.
•Italy: Anti-smoking campaign (flyers, posters)
•Sweden: Systematic environmental (SAM) Project
CONCLUSION
• Increasing efforts being made in different countries
 Provision of information
 Tools
 Participative and interactive initiatives
 Awareness generating campaigns
• Most important focus: prevention for and protection of the skin
• More extrinsic than intrinsic motivation
 Consequence: importance of integration into the learning
process
 Learning process: practice-oriented, real life, dialogue,
reflection
CONCLUSION
Important to develop further preventive strategies for:
•Beginner hairdressers
•Hairdressing employees
•Employers
•Sector
•Labour market
•Government
INFORMATION
UBK/UCB vzw-asbl
Miet Verhamme
Coordinator European Policy and European Projects
Vijfwindgatenstraat 21 F
9000 Ghent
[email protected]
0032 471 77 07 87
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