Occupational health and safety practices among beauty salon workers in Mukaa sub-county in Makueni county, Kenya
Ngemu, Fredrick Kyalo
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The beauty industry is one of the most vibrant industries 111 Kenya with most of its activities being done in small scale. It is a source of livelihood for many young people especially those with tertiary level of education and lower. The industry is regulated by common public health and safety laws but there is no specific legislation or regulations addressing health and safety specifically for the beauty industry. Workers in the industry are represented by the Kenya Union of Hair and Beauty Salon Workers (KUHABSWO) which is not popular with practitioners in the rural areas.Occupational health and safety is of high concern in the industry given the kind of products and chemicals used and the common procedures which all exposes the workers to health risks for which some are not even aware. This study shall be conducted in Mukaa Sub-county with the main aim of assessing occupational health and safety practices among beauty salon workers. Specifically, the study shall seek to determine the prevalence of self-reported occupational health problems, determine OHS compliance, identify factors influencing OHS practices, and determine the level of awareness on OHS and public health issues among beauty salon workers.!t will be a cross-sectional descriptive study. It will be conducted in Mukaa Sub-county which is a majorly rural area with markets and small urban centres. Multistage sampling technique shall be used to select study subjects. Quantitative data analysis shall be done using SPSS version 19 while Qualitative data shall be analysed by content analysis. Data shall be presented in charts and tables. Chi square and logistic regression shall be used to establish relationships. The study findings shall inform policies in occupational health and safety in the beauty industry. Finally, the study findings and recommendations can be applied across the beauty industry in Mukaa Sub-county and Kenya in general in enhancing the lives of the workers in the beauty industry.