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Guideline No. 35: Hair And Make-up | Safety Guidelines for the Film and Television Industry in Ontario

  • ISBN: 978-1-4249-9952-1
  • Issued: March 1992
  • Revised: June 2009
  • Content last reviewed: August 2010

Hair And Make-up

  1. The term "Hairstylist" is a person holding a current Certificate of Qualification (licensed) by the Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities (M.T.C.U.) only those persons holding a valid trade licence or inter-provincial red seal certificate shall be employed as a hairstylist (as per section 8 of O. Reg. 565/99 made under the Apprenticeship and Certification Act, 1998 (ACA).
  2. The Hairstylist/Make-up Artist should inform the people concerned of toxicity and possible health effects of products being used.
  3. The Hairstylist/Make-up Artist should check with the Performer regarding sensitivities, allergies, skin reactions, etc.
  4. It is the responsibility of the Performer to inform the Hairstylist/Make-up Artist of all known sensitivities, allergies, skin reactions, communicable diseases, etc.
  5. The Facility

  6. The hair and make-up room should:
    1. be clean;
    2. be maintained at a reasonable temperature;
    3. be well ventilated. The owner, or contractor of the building or vehicle is responsible to maintain air ventilation system(s);
    4. provide a hydraulic chair where possible. The importance of this requirement increases in direct relation to the duration of the production;
    5. have adequate lighting including both the interior and exterior of building location or vehicle, along with adequate lighting to all other vehicles or set;
    6. provide a first aid kit and a way to flush eyes with water if chemicals contact the eyes.

      Note: When Reg. 851 applies, an eyewash fountain is required as per section 124 of the Regulations. When portable eyewash is used it should be kept free of dirt and bacteria and completely refilled after each use.

    7. if located in a vehicle, the hair make-up facility should be level(ed) and, where possible, provided with hot and cold running water.

    Hygienic Guidelines

  7. Hygienic safety requires the following pratices:
    1. Provide hot and cold running water;
    2. Wash hands before and after attending each actor; the same applies with the use of gloves;
    3. Provide each Performer with individual sponges, powder puffs, combs and brushes. When transported, these items should be in a labelled contained bag which is sealed;
    4. Disinfect containers, razors, scissors, tweezers and spatulas before and after each use;
    5. Disinfect hairstyling combs and brushes with Barbercide, clean with soap, rinse with water;
    6. Keep all equipment clean and ready for use;
    7. Use one (1) mascara per person to prevent the spread of infections;
    8. Use spatula to remove make-up from compact. Mix on artist's tray, and then apply; and
    9. Update and replace old and stale make-up and hair products regularly.
  8. Proper closed toe and preferably rubber soled footwear should be worn
  9. Chemical Guidelines

  10. The following recomendations apply when hair/make-up chemicals are used during production.
  1. Maintain an inventory of products used;
  2. Research the ingredients of these products to identify any potential health hazards (pay particular attention to routes of entry and dermal irritation);
  3. Clearly label all chemicals;
  4. Have Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for each toxic chemical available for the user (refer to Guideline #2 Hazardous Materials, and the WHMIS Regulation – Regulation 860);
  5. When involved in potentially hazardous activities such as the application of colours, hairsprays, mixing powder, bleaches and oxidizing chemicals, appropriate protective equipment such as face masks, goggles, gloves, etc., should be worn;
  6. Wherever possible use non-aerosol hairsprays.
  7. Wherever possible use premixed powders;
  8. Wherever possible use non-solvent materials such as isopropyl myristate for removing special effects make-up; and
  9. No eating, drinking or smoking while chemicals are being handled.

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