Extraction for Education

August 24, 2017


If you work or are studying to be a hairdresser or beauty therapist, then you will be working with hazardous substances on a daily basis. You may not realise that the products you use have the potential to cause ill health. 

In a hair salon, hazardous substances are likely to include:

  • Aerosols.
  • Shampoos and conditioners.
  • Hair dye.
  • Hairspray.
  • Henna products.
  • Cleaning chemicals and disinfectants



In a school or college environment,  it is relevant to those involved in woodworking as part of the national curriculum for design and technology.

Ensure control measures are in place such as:

  • Provision of ventilation equipment
  • Personal protective equipment provided
  • Regular and thorough cleaning of workshops
  • Washing facilities provided



Rosin is a resin contained in flux, that is used in soldering.  Flux generates the visible fumes seen when soldering.  Repeated exposure to these fumes can cause respiratory and skin allergies and causing aggravating asthma.  Rosin is a serious health hazard and control measures should be in place when using it.




Hazardous substances can take many forms, whether they are liquids, dusts, vapours, gases or fumes.   It is important that you use a risk assessment to identify which hazardous substances are in your workplace so that you can use them safely.