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

Hepworth, Julie and Murtagh, Madeleine (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: 555-557. doi:10.1111/j.1467-842X.2005.tb00250.x


Author Hepworth, Julie
Murtagh, Madeleine
Title Correct procedures and cutting corners : A qualitative study of women's occupational health and safety in a beauty therapy industry
Journal name Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1326-0200
1753-6405
Publication date 2005-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-842X.2005.tb00250.x
Volume 29
Issue 6
Start page 555
End page 557
Total pages 3
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Language eng
Formatted 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.
Keyword Blood-Borne Pathogens
Communicable Disease Control
Evaluation Studies
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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