What would happen if an OSHA inspector came to your salon? Are you following all appropriate handling guidelines for chemicals? Do you have your manufacturer safety data sheets available? Is your team properly educated and trained?

OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is a U.S. Department of Labor agency charged with ensuring that employers provide a safe, healthy work environment for their employees. OSHA provides safety and hazard guidelines, sends inspectors to review employer compliance with regulations, and assists with education and training.

OSHA inspections can be conducted without advance notice. An inspector may walk through your salon to document what they see, review records, monitor chemical exposure, and check overall sanitation, health, and safety conditions.

Knowing what needs to be posted, how to house or dispose of items, and what safety precautions you should take in your salon is of the upmost importance. If regulations and guidelines are not followed you could face a citation and a fine. Learning how to follow the regulations and meet the expected standards is a must. Get more information at osha.gov.