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

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Madeleine Murtagh


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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.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Hepworth J, Murtagh M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health

Year: 2005

Volume: 29

Issue: 6

Pages: 555-557

ISSN (print): 1326-0200

ISSN (electronic): 1753-6405

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia


DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-842X.2005.tb00250.x

PubMed id: 16366067


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