Online Program

Promoting workplace wellness and health through local policy and diverse partnerships

Monday, November 4, 2013

Julia Liou, MPH, Program Planning and Development, Asian Health Services, Oakland, CA
Swati Sharma, San Francisco Department of Environment, San Francisco, CA
Catherine Porter, JD, California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative, Oakland, CA
In the U.S., over 57,000 beauty salons employ nearly 376,000 nail technicians who are disproportionately exposed to toxic chemicals in products they handle on a daily basis. California alone employs 114,000 licensed nail technicians. Studies have shown that these workers experience significant occupational health problems such as skin irritations, headaches, and respiratory problems; neurocognitive conditions; and reproductive problems. Given failed attempts to pass federal and state policies to protect salon workers from toxic chemical exposure, the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative (Collaborative) launched a local campaign to advocate for the health of salon workers and healthier salon workplaces. Through a unique partnership with the Collaborative, and San Francisco's Department of Environment and Board Supervisor David Chiu, a groundbreaking Healthy Nail Salon Program ordinance was passed and implemented in San Francisco. The Healthy Nail Salon Program rewards nail salons that make safer choices for their employees, customers, and the environment. The program requires salons meet a rigorous checklist of workplace health and safety requirements. Fifteen nail salons have been officially deemed as “Healthy Nail Salons” with an additional 25 that have registered for the program. Given the success of this program, it is anticipated that three other counties in California will adopt a Healthy Nail Salon Program modeled after San Francisco's this year. This session will describe the local campaign efforts that led to the Healthy Nail Salon Program ordinance, the innovative program model established by the San Francisco Department of Environment, and highlight successes and challenges to program implementation.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Advocacy for health and health education
Occupational health and safety
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Explain the advantages of diverse partnerships among policymakers, city departments, and community-based organizations in improving workplace health and safety at the local level. Name at least three factors to conducting an effective local policy campaign that ensures worker voices and worker empowerment. Articulate the successes and challenges of implementing a local ordinance program among workers who are predominantly limited English speaking immigrants.

Keyword(s): Workplace Safety, Occupational Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been involved with the Healthy Nail Salon campaign effort since its inception, and played a key role in its coalition building activities.
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.