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New learning tools for cosmetology students in secondary school programs

Monday, November 4, 2013

Amy Lewis, MPH, Center for School and Community-Based Research and Education (CSCBRE) /NJ Safe Schools Program, Rutgers School of Public Health, New Brunswick, NJ
Derek G. Shendell, DEnv, MPH, Environmental & Occupational Health and CSCBRE, UMDNJ-School of Public Health, Piscataway, NJ
Sarah W. Kelly, MPH, CSCBRE/NJ Safe Schools Program, UMDNJ-School of Public Health, New Brunswick, NJ
Ashley Mapou, MS, PhD(c), Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey- School of Public Health, Piscataway, NJ
Alison Murtha, CHES, Department of Health Systems & Policy and Center for School and Community-Based Research and Education, UMDNJ-School of Public Health,, New Brunswick, NJ
Jenny Leigh Houlroyd, MSPH, CIH, Ga Tech Occupational Safety and Health Program, Georgia Tech Research Institute, Atlanta, GA
The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-School of Public Health's NJ Safe Schools Program (NJSS) is dedicated to assisting secondary school programs to reduce occupational safety and health hazards (S&H) in classroom and worksite microenvironments. Since 2010 NJSS has focused part of its efforts on the cosmetology career cluster due to the wide array of hazards present in salons. A Task Force was convened and learning tools geared towards increasing knowledge and awareness of S&H among cosmetology students were developed with stakeholder input and teacher focus groups. Resources include a cosmetology webpage, Right To Know brochures and a salon safety quiz (SSQ). In 2012-13 NJSS in collaboration with Georgia Tech Research Institute developed a targeted training for cosmetology teachers to further expand learning opportunities for their students. It is practical in nature, with case studies and real-life examples. Using a train-the-trainer approach, this curriculum covers topics like infection control, chemical safety and ergonomics plus incorporates activities from the NIOSH Youth@Work Talking Safety curriculum; lessons were updated to highlight issues of concern for cosmetologists. A comprehensive list of hazards present in salons with recommendations for how to control these hazards, a hazard map of areas in a typical salon and a realistic role-play scenario in a salon setting are included. Teachers are provided with the SSQ to administer to students pre- and post-training to determine changes in knowledge and awareness. This training and the associated learning tools enhances preparation of young workers entering the field of cosmetology.

Learning Areas:

Occupational health and safety

Learning Objectives:
Describe available learning tools for increasing knowledge and awareness of safety and health for cosmetology students. Describe potential environmental and occupational safety and health issues related to cosmetology courses and programs. Identify the known environmental/occupational asthma triggers among the chemical agents of concern for human exposure in hair, nail and skin care salons.

Keyword(s): Adolescents, Public Health Curriculum

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been working in the field of public health for over 15 years on multiple projects related to adolescent health. My focus is on increasing occupational safety for young workers. As a Health Educator at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s School of Public Health, I have been concentrating my efforts on educating young cosmetologists about safety and health concerns in the workplace.
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.

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