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dc.contributor.advisorPeterson Warutereen_US
dc.contributor.advisorBernard B. O. Awuondaen_US
dc.contributor.authorChebet, Koskei Winnie
dc.date.accessioned2022-09-27T08:36:35Z
dc.date.available2022-09-27T08:36:35Z
dc.date.issued2022
dc.identifier.urihttp://ir-library.ku.ac.ke/handle/123456789/24296
dc.descriptionA Research Thesis Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Award of the Degree of Masters of Science in Occupational Health and Safety in the School of Public Health and Applied Human Sciences of Kenyatta University, January, 2022en_US
dc.description.abstractHairdressers work towards changing or maintaining a person’s image. They are exposed to awkward posture, prolonged standing, long working hours and chemical hazards capable of causing adverse health effects. They are at high risk for safety and health risks which have not been well elucidated. This study sought to evaluate the safety and health risks associated with hairdressers. Specifically, it investigated whether salon designs, ergonomic risk factor and hairdressing tasks have impact on hairdressers’ health and safety. The study used descriptive cross-sectional and analytical design. Systematic random sampling was used to select salons and hairdressers. Closed and open-ended questionnaires were distributed to 286 hairdressers who consented to participate in the study. Observation checklist, WISHA caution checklist, thermometer, light meter and noise level meter were used to collect data in the sampled salon. To determine the impacts of salon deigns, ergonomic risk factors and hairdressing tasks on the health and safety of hairdresser, data were analyzed descriptively and with regression analysis. The findings indicate that the space in most salons in inadequate. The average space for salons is 7.22M² and that most (68.5%) hairdressers work for long hours (11-12 hours). It was also established that few salons (5.48%) have adequate amount of light and that 8.22% salons have high temperatures. Results also showed that aprons are the most used PPEs by hairdressers. It was revealed that manual handling of salon equipment and awkward posture cause musculoskeletal disorders among the hairdressers. Their odd ratios impacting health and safety of hairdressers were 2.706 and 2.728 respectively. All hairdressing tasks were done on awkward positions. The study revealed that hairdressing salon designs; space, affect the lighting and temperatures affect the health and safety of hairdressers. The hours off work and minimal or no breaks also have negative impacts on the health and safety of hairdressers. The study recommends the enforcement of the enacted legislation by the ministry of health and regular provision of hairdresser-based information on ergonomic risks to minimize the health and safety risks in the industry.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipKenyatta Universityen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherKenyatta Universityen_US
dc.subjectEvaluationen_US
dc.subjectWork-Relateden_US
dc.subjectHealth and Safety Risksen_US
dc.subjectHairdressersen_US
dc.subjectNairobi City Countyen_US
dc.subjectKenyaen_US
dc.titleEvaluation of Work-Related Health and Safety Risks Associated with Hairdressers in Nairobi City County, Kenya.en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US


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