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Labour Relations Act, 1995 (Act No. 66 of 1995)


Bargaining Council for the Hairdressing Trade (Cape Penninsula)

Main Collective Agreement

33. Provision of Equipment



(a) An employer must provide, for the use of every hairdresser, all tools and equipment necessary for the carrying out of his work except, curling tongs, scissors, combs, clippers (not electric), nail files, cuticle scissors, cuticle clippers, blow dryers, razors, blades, neck-brush combs and strop.
(b) An employer must provide each hairdresser with:—
(i) at least one chemical sterilizing/disinfectant solution/agent containing one of the following ingredients:—
(1) Ethylene Oxide (EO or EtO)
(2) Peracetic Acid
(3) Aldehydes such as Giuteraldehyde or Formaldehyde
(4) O-phthaialdehyde

The use of the agents should at all times be conducted in accordance with manufactures instructions.

(ii) a sealable “sharps” container in which to dispose any objects contaminated by bodily fluids of any origin which is to be incinerated.
(c) For the purposes of this clause the term:-
(i) “sterilization” means the act or process of rendering sterile and the complete destruction of all viable pathogenic and non-pathogenic microorganisms and spores
(ii) “chemical sterilization” means a method in which an object that cannot withstand high temperatures is immersed in a liquid containing sanitizing chemicals
(iii) “disinfection” means the process or act in which an object is rendered free of pathogenic microorganisms. However, certain bacterial spores may survive and germinate which could lead to contamination
(iv) “antiseptic” means an antimicrobial agent for application to a body surface, usually skin or oral mucosa, in an attempt to prevent or minimize infection at the area of application. However, certain bacterial spores may survive and germinate which could lead to contamination.