Natural Hair Braiding, Needles and 2006 Liberian Women

Blood Borne Pathogens

An allergic reaction is the type of emergency situation that I have encountered in an cosmetology salon. 
The client consolation of a patch test revealed that the coloring agent in the products the salon recommended caused hives to erupt on the skin. 
Yes, I was adequately prepared which the knowledge of patch testing from introductory courses in cosmetology school; however the salon owner was not. 
She thanked me over and over again for using my inner thoughts of patch testing before any chemical service. 
As a matter of fact, that is when I began my quest to know how to be proactive in prevention of accidents and injuries. 

Presently, the emergency situation that scares me the most is the use of needles and blood pathogens.
Currently, many estheticians are using needles to puncture papules, therefore emitting blood-borne pathogens into the atmosphere. 
The use of Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) also known as Microneedling is a fractional treatment that uses up to 25 small micro-needles to create a series of precise, controlled epidermal and dermal micro-injuries, thereby stimulating the body’s immune response and producing new collagen and elastin. 

However, the Board of Cosmetologist Examiners is not clear on the regulation of needles. 
The BCE only specifically mentions needles in the definitions which is also, in the context of conflicts of interest in which the BCE are exempt from regulation of Hair Braiders. 
For example; the 2105.0010 DEFINITIONS Subp. 11a. Simple braiding devices. 
"Simple braiding devices" include clips, combs, curlers, curling irons, hairpins, rollers, scissors, needles, and thread. 
Then, Subp. 13. Unregulated service. "Unregulated service" means those services not defined as the practice of cosmetology under Minnesota Statutes, section 155A.23, as defined in subparts 10a to 10c.
 Ordinances by local units of government that prohibit hair braiding, hair braiding services, or hair braiders, as defined in subparts 10a to 10c, or regulate any matter relating to licensing, testing, or training of hair braiding, hair braiding services, or hair braiders are preempted by this part.
  In spite of this, misleading indication of the regulation of needles usage in a physician office, Salon/Spa, Medi/Spa, Cosmetology Salon, etc.; none of the occupational licensing can the BCE authorize and regulate  in needle usage besides, the conflicted Hair Braider in which the BCE is prohibited from regulating.
 Above all, to prepare for these liabilities as a proactive esthetician in Minnesota under the current laws surrounding needles. 
It would be imperative that esthetics in medical health care utilize more aggressive training and knowledge in OSHA.
To be specific, Minnesota has the largest migration of Liberian descent workers in health care and public service population in the United States. 
The Centers for Disease Control and the Minnesota Health Department has hosted several conferences around threat and spread of Ebola which is a "Communicable disease"  and is transferred through the sweat glands. 
Therefore, with the incubation time of Ebola being up to two(2) weeks the implementation of the OSHA "Model Plans and Programs for the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens and Hazard Communications Standards"  should be modified to a Medi/Spa Salon environment this would advance the esthetician in the knowledge of the expectancies of the physician, salon owners, and managers in the compliance of the industry standards. 
This booklet informs the employee/independent contractor of all compliance regulations and forms. 
For instance: 
An exposure incident is evaluated to determine if the case meets OSHA’s Recordkeeping Requirements (29 CFR 1904). 
This determi- nation and the recording activities are done by (Name of responsible person or department) {salon manager}.
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