Representing more than one million hairdressing workers across the EU, the trade union UNI Europa Hair & Beauty and the hairdressing employers, Coiffure EU, have reached a new agreement on clear guidance for hairdressers to work in a healthy and safe environment throughout their careers.
The new agreement, which is the result of an autonomous initiative on the part of the workers and employers, builds on existing national best practices in the Member States that are effective in reducing occupational health risks.
Welcoming the signing of the new social partner agreement, László Andor, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion today underlined that "hairdressers today experience a much higher-than-average rate of occupational skin disease and musculoskeletal disorders. The agreement is an important step in helping to reduce these risks for all workers in the hairdressing sector in the EU".
The signatory parties Coiffure EU and UNI Europa Hair & Beauty will now ask the Commission for their agreement to be made legally binding in the EU. Before presenting a legislative proposal to the Council of Ministers, the Commission will carry out an assessment of the representative status of the signatory parties, their mandate and the legality of each clause of the agreement in relation to existing Union law. Hairdressing is the most high risk profession for occupational skin diseases.
In some countries up to 70% of hairdressers suffer from work-related skin damage such as dermatitis at some point during their career, which is least 10 times more than the average for workers of all sectors. Almost 40% of hairdressers report musculoskeletal complaints, five times more than the rate for workers of all sectors. When implemented, today´s agreement by the European social partners will help to dramatically improve this situation.