258551 Ergonomics and Young Salon Workers: New Jersey Safe Schools Task Force on Cosmetology 2010-12

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sarah W. Kelly, MPH , CSCBRE/NJ Safe Schools Program, UMDNJ-School of Public Health, New Brunswick, NJ
Jennifer Therkorn, MPH , Department of Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ
Amy Lewis, MPH , Center for School and Community-Based Research and Education, UMDNJ-School of Public Health, New Brunswick, NJ
Ashley E. Miller, MS , Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey- School of Public Health, Piscataway, NJ
Derek G. Shendell, DEnv, MPH , Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, UMDNJ-SPH (and EOHSI), Piscataway, NJ
The UMDNJ-School of Public Health's NJ Safe Schools Program (NJ SS) created a Task Force (TF) to consider environmental and occupational safety and health issues related to cosmetology programs offered through NJ public schools. The targeted programs were hair styling, nail and skin care. One objective was increased education through a poster provided to salon employees, managers, and landlords on proper use of personal protective equipment. Posters will be modeled on existing personal hygiene posters with a focus on wearing closed toe, flat, cushioned supportive shoes to prevent chronic back pain and poor posture (prioritized ergonomic issue). Students will design them with teacher supervision and NJ SS will print and disseminate to school districts and salons. After statewide meetings and focus groups with schools and agencies in 2010, 19 cosmetology teachers and school administrators participated in a survey in spring 2011 and focus groups in fall 2011. The focus groups were held at six county vocational-technical education schools. The feasibility of a poster contest and its potential impact for educating salon workers about ergonomic issues was discussed. Fifteen participants (79%) were interested in the contest. Every teacher asked for more details and provided contest rules ideas, including deadline, materials used, etc. Teachers noted students would be excited to do the poster on this topic-- winning is “enough” of a prize. A poster contest is a good way to get safety and health information about ergonomic issues in cosmetology into school settings and salons to target young adults and new workers.

Learning Areas:
Occupational health and safety
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Learning Objectives: At the end of this session (poster and/or oral presentation), participants will be able to: 1.) Describe potential environmental and occupational safety and health issues related to cosmetology courses and programs, including testing facilities on school campuses; 2.) Identify prioritized physical agents/ergonomic issues in cosmetology programs offered through public schools ; and, 3.) Describe how a poster contest can be used to teach high school students about ergonomics.

Keywords: Youth at Work, Occupational Safety

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Sarah W. Kelly, MPH, She received her Master of Public Health in Environmental and Occupational Health and Health Systems and Policy from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). She has worked at the NJ Safe Schools Program with a focus on youth workers and policies related to this in NJ. She also led the Cosmetology Task Force for the past three years and conducted the surveys, focus groups, data collection and analysis.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.