A descriptive survey on microbiological risk in beauty salons

Laura Mancini, Mario Figliomeni, Camilla Puccinelli, Cristina Romanelli, Fabrizio Volpi, Anna Maria D'Angelo, Silvana Caciolli, Emilio D'Ugo, Elisabetta Volpi, Roberto Giuseppetti, Stefania Marcheggiani

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Beauty salons are an employment sector with potential exposure to biological agents. The beauty industry (beauty salons, health farms etc.) has grown considerably in the past decade. This, however, led to a proportional increase in the number of people who could become infected in case of accidental contact with infected material. Indeed, such activities may pose health risks to both workers and clients if the appropriate precautions are not followed. The study investigated microbiological risk and infection-control practices in 120 beauty salons in Rome. Information was gathered using a questionnaire that covered occupational safety measures, for an evaluation of microbiological risk. Infection among clients was identified by the staff of 67.5% of centers. Of these, 30.8% reported either fungal infections or dermatitis. Most (89.2%) of the centers that encountered mycosis also found dermatitis, while 10.8% reported only mycosis. Of the beauty centers 31.7% took microbiological risk management measures. This study showed the importance of the relationship between microbiological risk and health, highlighting the need for training/information for beauty salon staff as well as clients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-226
Number of pages4
JournalMicrochemical Journal
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018


  • Beauty salons
  • Descriptive survey
  • Microbiological risk

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy


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