The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations passed in the UK in 1992 affect a variety of industries including hairdressing. They ensure the safety of employees and consumers, and increase consumer satisfaction.
In terms of hairdressing, the law states that employees have a duty to use equipment in good repair, properly constructed and suitable for the purpose for which it is being used. These rules are echoed in British hairdressing standards.
Equipment must be properly maintained and serviced under the law. This requirement includes regular cleaning, maintenance and testing of equipment. This testing is referred to as portable appliance testing (PAT).
Employers are ultimately responsible for adherence to the law. In addition to testing and maintaining equipment, they are responsible for ensuring employees are properly trained in the use of equipment and appropriate clothing and safety materials are available.