Surprisingly, just behind chemical and related process operatives are hairdressers and barbers, with over 600% the average chance of a workplace incident occurring. All in all, this is 6.3 times the average occupancy incidence rate.
Dermatitis is responsible for 54% of ill health among this profession, which is 16.8 times the norm. As with cooks, regular washing and drying of hands is a key cause of dermatitis for hairdressers. However, hair products such as shampoo, conditioner, styling products, bleach, and perming solutions also contribute to contact dermatitis. Hair dyes and bleach can also cause allergic reactions, which further increase dermatitis for hairdressers.