Stylists Article - December 2014

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With the cold and flu season in full swing, it is probably a good time to review safety measures designed to protect consumers and Board licensees from spreading illness. 

To protect consumers, establishment and schools are prohibited from knowingly allowing a person afflicted with a transmittable infection or parasitic infestation to serve clients or train in the establishment or school.  Similarly, to protect employees, establishment and schools are prohibited from knowingly allowing a licensee or student to work upon a person with a transmittable infection or parasitic infestation.

Infections or parasitic infestations include the following:

  • Cold, influenza or other respiratory illness accompanied by a fever
  • Strep throat
  • Pink eye
  • Whooping cough
  • Chicken pox
  • Mumps
  • Tuberculosis
  • Impetigo or bacterial skin infection
  • Head lice
  • Scabies or crabs

To further protect consumers, licensees must also thoroughly wash their hands with soap and water or an equally effective cleansing agent immediately before serving each client.

Inspector’s Corner: The Board’s inspectors would like to remind licensees to keep their licenses in plain view, either at  their workstation for employees, or in the reception area for establishments. Customers must be able to see the license and the information it provides, such as the name of the license holder, the type of license and expiration date. Inspectors find that some licensees are obscuring that information by folding the license,  placing stickers over parts of the license’s face, and other means. The Board’s regulations (Section 965 of the California Code of Regulations), require that licenses be posted “conspicuously.”

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