Hesamag 17

Because they contribute to our wellbeing, beauty professionals are rarely seen as workers who face health and safety risks. And yet, those who take care of the body of others pay the price with their personal health. There are extremely few of these beauty workers who do not suffer from musculoskeletal problems. Daily use of cosmetic products containing chemical substances that are allergenic or irritate the skin causes other health problems.

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Editorial - Workplaces are also places where we live

Most of the adult population spends a large amount of time at work, whether as hours per day, days per week or years of active work. Over... Find out more

Revision of the directive on occupational cancers: a political battle requiring staying power

Cancers caused by work have become one of the main legislative battlegrounds in the European Union. The current revision of the directive... Find out more

The fight to protect hairdressers’ health: the inside story

The never-ending saga of the framework agreement of the European social partners on health and safety in the hairdressing sector well... Find out more

Manon Mercier

Working as a nail technician: when beauty is not in tune with health

In February 2014, employees working for Supply Beauty, a beauty salon offering hairdressing and manicure services, came out on strike... Find out more

The European Cosmetics Regulation: consumers better protected than hairdressers

We’ve just been given this lovely new European Cosmetics Regulation, but it seems to totally ignore beauticians, focusing solely on... Find out more

Berta Chulvi

Health hazard at the gym: instructor insecurity

In a business that focuses on the body, fitness and aesthetics, job insecurity introduces a paradox: those who take care of the body of... Find out more

Barbara Landrevie

A $10 manicure? The other side of the coin

It wasn’t strikes or even the unions that put a stop to the shameless exploitation of nail salon employees in New York State, but the power... Find out more

Denis Grégoire

“I love it when people tell me about their lives”

Working in the beauty trade requires unexpected practical and theoretical skills, far removed from the general clichés, together with a good... Find out more

Pascal Marichalar

Fighting for the factory, only to die for it The exemplary fight of the former Givors glassworkers

French sociologist Pascal Marichalar recently published a noteworthy book on the mobilisation of former workers of a glassworks linked to... Find out more

Angelo Ferracuti

The legend of Luigi Di Ruscio

In post-war Italy, Luigi Di Ruscio, a self-taught writer, was an unemployed bricklayer and a grassroots activist in the PCI. Luigi Di Ruscio... Find out more

Denis Grégoire

The conversion of an “agri-manager”

Had it not been for the accident on 27 April 2004, Paul François would undoubtedly have continued to work as a good soldier of the agro... Find out more

Denis Grégoire

Trade unions and health and safety in the workplace, a complicated history

While the future is uncertain for the Comités d’hygiène, de sécurité et des conditions de travail – CHSCT (Committees for Hygiene, Safety... Find out more

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All that glitters is not gold: the dark side of the beauty industry