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STAYING COMPLIANT & PROTECTING YOUR
SCHOOL, STUDENTS AND STAFF
BY JANET MCCORMICK, MS
Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees.
OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing
standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and
encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health.
- OSHA Small Business Handbook Small Business Safety, Management Series OSHA 2209-02R 2005
ccording to OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health
Administration or Occupational Safety and Health
Act), businesses and
manufacturers in the
United States must meet certain standards
designed to maintain a safe environment
for their employees. To ensure businesses
meet the standards, an inspection protocol was set up by the U.S. Department
of Labor. If any business does not meet
OSHA requirements during an inspection, citations are the result, costing big
bucks beginning at $7,000 per occurrence,
with recorded fines as high as $250,000
per occurrence and much more. Appeals
can lower the amount. To see examples
of OSHA fines above $40,000, go to www.
What is OSHA?
OSHA is a federal agency under the
Department of Labor that enforces
Standards set by the Department of Labor
and OSHA. Twenty-four states operate
their own OSHA programs. For that reason, regulations may vary slightly from
state to state as long as they are equivalent
to - or more strict than - the federal
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OSHA standards and guidelines. State
OSHA Programs must minimally meet
those of federal OSHA Standards.
Does OSHA Enforce Standards
in Beauty Schools?
The majority of private sector businesses,
including beauty schools, must meet
OSHA safety and health requirements.
For whatever reason, these requirements
have always confused the beauty industry,
though they should not. It's simple: OSHA
Standards MUST be met by salons, spas
and schools whether they are mentioned
in the state's cosmetology board rules or
not. It's true, small businesses, including
those in the beauty industry, with fewer
than 10 employees are partially exempt,
but the exemptions are minimal, such as
not being required to maintain injury and
illness records unless informed otherwise
in writing by OSHA.
Know, however, that public sector employees, those employed by state and local governments - such as vocational schools
- are not entitled to OSHA protection.
Developing a Plan
If your school does not have these key
areas evaluated, planned and completed,
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BeautyLink - Volume 8, Issue 3
Message From the AACS President and CEA Chair
Workings of Washington
2016 CEA & AMP Convention: Everybody is a Star
OSHA in Beauty Schools
And Then There’s Compliance
Why Me? How Oncology Esthetics Comforts Cancer Patients and Became my Calling
Micro Current: A Progressive Treatment
Artists Dish on Today's Hair Color Trends
The Dirty Business of Keeping Clean
Dip! Strip! Stand Up Straight?
Beauty Changes Lives
Voices From the Classroom
People & Places
New Products & Services
Associate Member Profiles: Health/Wellness and Disinfectant Companies
New School Members
Upcoming 2016 Events
Index to Advertisers
BeautyLink - Volume 8, Issue 3