Correct procedures and cutting corners: a qualitative study of women's occupational health and safety in a beauty therapy industry

Hepworth, J. & Murtagh, M.J. (2005) Correct procedures and cutting corners: a qualitative study of women's occupational health and safety in a beauty therapy industry. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 29(6), pp. 555-557.

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Abstract

Objective: To examine the context of occupational health and safety related to blood-borne communicable diseases practice.

Methods: A case study approach using qualitative semi-structured interviews with five key informants who represented different sectors of the beauty therapy industry in South Australia.

Results: Four main themes were identified: (i) exposure to blood and blood-borne communicable diseases; (ii) prevention in practice; (iii) OH&S problems; and (iv) industry needs.

Conclusion: Key OH&S issues in the beauty therapy industry include: power relationships between employers and employees, equipment costs, the need for more continuing education, and monitoring of practitioners.

Implications: Economic constraints, continuing education, and government regulation of the beauty therapy industry are highlighted as significant areas for further consideration in addressing the OH&S needs of practitioners and their clients.

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ID Code: 60194
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-842X.2005.tb00250.x
ISSN: 1326-0200
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Deposited On: 24 May 2013 01:27
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2013 05:11

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