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How healthy are hairdressers? A prevalence study investigating health problems of female Western Australian hairdressers

A survey of female hairdressers in WA was conducted in order to identify health issues that may be associated with this occupational group. Smoking prevalence among hair dressers is high and their intake of fruit and vegetables appears to be inadequate. Hairdressers also suffer more from gynaecological problems and dermatitis. Some of the factors that could be contributing to these unique health issues are related to the amount of time hairdressers have to stand, inappropriate shoes, handling of chemicals, inadequate toilet breaks and consumption of liquids during the day. 


Mrs Mary O'Loughlin
Associate Professor Jacques Oosthuizen

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