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2016 Proposed Rules

Proposed Rules - Chapters 1 and 10 - January 2016

Rule Impact Statement - Chapter 1

Rule Impact Statement - Chapter 10

A Public Comment Hearing is scheduled for Monday, January 18th, 2016 at 10am. A Special Board Meeting to vote on the new proposed rules is scheduled for Monday, January 25th, 2016 at 10am.


 

The Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology and Barbering does not approve or regulate equipment or products used in the beauty and barbering industry.

The Cosmetology and Barber Act defines the scope of practice of cosmetology and its specialty branch of skin care.

A person licensed as a cosmetologist or esthetician/facialist is required to limit their practice and services rendered to the public to only those areas for which they are licensed. 

This Act confers no authority to practice medicine or surgery. Invasive procedures which result in the removal, destruction, incision or piercing of a clients skin beyond the stratum cornium or outer most layer of dead cells, is prohibited under the scope of practice allowed by this Act.

 

 

 


If you are from a foreign country and wish to apply for a license with the Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology and Barbering, you must have your education evaluated by a professional evaluation company. The board has approved Aequo International as the sole provider of education evaluations for cosmetology and barbering candidates with international education. Candidates are responsible for paying the application fee of $125. Click here to apply for an evaluation. 

Candidates must submit original or official educational documents directly to Aequo International for evaluation purposes. Please do not send your documents to the Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology and Barbering, we will not evaluate them. 

Once the evaluation is complete, Aequo International will send an electronic evaluation report to the board for review within 5-10 business days. If you have any questions about the international education evaluation application or process, please contact Aequo International at 844.882.3786 or via email at info@aequointernational.com


 

 

COSTELLO MEDIA ADVISORY


Contact: Liz McNeill
Phone: 405-521-6102
Date: January 12, 2012
Oklahoma Department of Labor and the State Board of Cosmetology Issue Hazard Alert


Salon Operators Subject to Federal OSHA Fines
OKLAHOMA CITY –Today, Labor Commissioner Mark Costello and the State Board of Cosmetology issued a joint Hazard Alert regarding products containing formaldehyde, some of which may be mislabeled. This alert was issued to all Oklahoma salon operators and their employees. Nationwide Federal OSHA citations and fines have ranged up to $17,500 for failing to protect salon workers. OSHA has cited some manufacturers and distributors for incorrectly labeling formaldehyde containing products, many brands of which are manufactured by foreign interests.
 

The Hazard Alert warned salons that utilize hair smoothing products may expose employees to unsafe levels of formaldehyde beyond OSHA’s standard of exposure, even though labeled “formaldehyde free” as formaldehyde is identified by other compound names such as atmethylene glycol, paraform, or oxomethane.
 

Stylists inhale the formaldehyde as a gas or vapor and absorb it through their skin when they are applying liquid hair straighteners. Exposures occur during the entire treatment process and particularly when heat is applied, such as blow drying and flat ironing. The recommended procedure is to check labels and material safety data sheets, but with the failure to properly list formaldehyde on labels, stylists are unaware of their exposure.
Oklahoma Department of Labor OSHA Director, Diana Jones said, “If salon owners decide to use products that may contain or release formaldehyde, they must follow the requirements in OSHA’s Formaldehyde Standards to protect worker safety and health. This includes air monitoring, worker training, and good ventilation to ensure exposure levels do not exceed OSHA limits.”
“OSHA has cited some manufacturers and distributors for incorrectly labeling the products. Throughout the country citations and fines issued include, 3 salons that failed to protect workers from airborne overexposures to formaldehyde, 18 salons and 1 beauty school that failed to protect workers from possible airborne exposure to formaldehyde; and 15 salon owners and 1 beauty school that failed to provide workers with information about hazardous chemicals,” states Jones.
 

To date, Federal OSHA has issued citations to 23 salon owners and beauty schools in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Florida, Illinois, New York, New Jersey and Ohio, with fines ranging up to $17,500 for failing to protect workers from formaldehyde.

Commissioner Costello said “We want to make sure that salon owners in Oklahoma have the facts and know that our OSHA Safety Pays Consultation Program is a free resource to assist them.” Commissioner Costello asks that any Salon Operators in Oklahoma contact him to request free consultation by calling 1-888-269-5353 and asking for OSHA Safety Pays.

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HAZARD ALERT
from Oklahoma Department of Labor
Mark Costello, Commissioner
and State Board of Cosmetology
Sherry G. Lewelling, Executive Director
HAIR SMOOTHING PRODUCTS CONTAINING FORMALDEHYDE

The Oklahoma Department of Labor and the State Board of Cosmetology have joined together to issue a hazard alert to salon operators and their employees regarding products containing formaldehyde.

Salons that utilize hair smoothing products may be exposing employees to unsafe levels of formaldehyde. Recent studies indicate that many of these popular hair treatments contain significant levels of formaldehyde despite being labeled “formaldehyde free”.

What are the Hazards?
Stylists inhale formaldehyde as a gas or vapor and absorb it through their skin when they are applying liquid hair straighteners. Exposures occur during the entire treatment process and particularly when heat is applied, such as during blow drying and flat ironing. ( www.labor.ok.gov for additional hazards)
Formaldehyde can irritate the eyes and nose; can cause allergic reactions of the skin, eyes and lungs; and is a cancer hazard. The symptoms often increase as the formaldehyde levels increase. (www.labor.ok.gov for additional symptoms)

What Action Does OSHA Require?
Salon owners that use products that may contain formaldehyde are required to follow the requirements of OSHA’s formaldehyde and hazard communication standards. This includes evaluating potential formaldehyde exposure and implementing protective measures. (www.labor.ok.gov for additional actions required by OSHA)

Employers shall:
Conduct air monitoring during treatment • provide control measures • train on health effect • provide personal protective equipment • provide emergency eyewash equipment
 

What resources are available to assist Salons with the evaluation potential formaldehyde concerns?
The Safety Pays OSHA Consultation Program provides free on-site safety and health assistance to Oklahoma employers through the Department of Labor. Our staff at the Department of Labor are available to work with you to determine what hazards may exist at your salon. This includes performing air monitoring to determine the concentration of formaldehyde exposure generated during hair treatments.

Your salon could qualify for a $1,000 tax exemption simply by having a full service safety and/or health consultation. For more information on our program, contact us at 405-521-6140. To contact the Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology call 405-521-2441 or visit www.cosmo.ok.gov.

Our services are: Confidential, Non-punitive, FREE

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News Release

OSHA News Release: [09/22/2011]
Contact Name: Jesse Lawder or Diana Petterson
Phone Number: (202) 693-4659 or x1898
Release Number: 11-1393-NAT

OSHA issues updated hazard alert on formaldehyde dangers to hair salon owners, workers after new agency findings and FDA warning letter

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a revised hazard alert to hair salon owners and workers about potential formaldehyde exposure from working with certain hair smoothing and straightening products. The revised alert was prompted by the results of agency investigations, a warning letter issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and factually incorrect information recently sent to salons by a company that manufactures hair products. OSHA's updated alert can be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/formaldehyde/hazard_alert.html.

During recent investigations, OSHA's air tests showed formaldehyde at hazardous levels in salons using Brazilian Blowout Acai Professional Smoothing Solution and Brasil Cacau Cadiveu, resulting in citations for multiple violations. OSHA found that workers were exposed to formaldehyde in these salons at levels higher than the agency's protective limits. OSHA also cited two manufacturers and two distributors of hair smoothing products for violations that included failing to list formaldehyde on product labels as well as on accompanying hazard warning sheets, known as material safety data sheets, that are provided to the products' users.

The FDA issued a warning letter on Aug. 22 to the importer and distributer of Brazilian Blowout Acai Professional Smoothing Solution stating that the product is adulterated and misbranded. Although the solution contains methylene glycol, which can release formaldehyde during the normal conditions of use, the product is labeled "formaldehyde free" or "no formaldehyde" and does not list formaldehyde on the material safety data sheet.

Following an Aug. 24 letter sent by Brazilian Blowout to salon owners claiming that all OSHA air tests performed on the company's Brazilian Blowout Professional Acai Smoothing Solution yielded results below OSHA's standard for exposure, the agency sent a letter today to the company refuting that assertion. OSHA's letter can be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/formaldehyde/brazilian_blowout_letter.pdf.

"Misleading or inadequate information on hazardous product labels is unacceptable," said OSHA Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels. "Salon owners and workers have the right to know the risks associated with the chemicals with which they work and how to protect themselves."

Formaldehyde can irritate the eyes and nose; cause allergic reactions of the skin, eyes and lungs; and is a cancer hazard. The revised hazard alert notifies salons that if they use products that contain or release formaldehyde, they must follow the requirements in OSHA's formaldehyde standard at 29 Code of Federal Regulations 1910.1048. OSHA further requires manufacturers, importers and distributors of products that contain formaldehyde as a gas or in solution, or that can release formaldehyde during use, to include information about formaldehyde and its hazards on product labels and in the material safety data sheets. The alert also now includes details about the information that is required to be listed on the labels and the material safety data sheets of products that contain or could release formaldehyde. OSHA's formaldehyde standard can be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=STANDARDS&p_id=10075.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.

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On July 11, 2011, the Board voted that written examination will be offered in the ENGLISH language only.

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Winter Weather

Winter months in Oklahoma always include the possibility of inclement weather.  

IF the Highway Patrol (Department of Public Safety) has announced that travel in your area of the state is  ‘slick and hazardous’, then you will be excused from your exam and we will mail you another exam date (without charge) and your work permit will remain valid.

For information regarding road conditions, please check your local news media or check with the Department of Public Safety (Highway Patrol) (DPS) http://www.dps.state.ok.us/  or by phone 405.425.2385 or 888.425.2385.

For information regarding state offices, please check your local news media OR you can access Oklahoma’s state website at www.ok.gov  If it is announced by the Governor’s office that state offices are closed or operating with limited staff, then you will know your exam is  cancelled and will be rescheduled.  

You may call the direct number to the exam department (405.522.7618) to leave a message (or hear additional information) during severe winter weather.  

 

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NOTICE TO LICENSEES AND APPLICANTS FOR LICENSURE
AGENCY POLICY
LICENSURE OF INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE BEEN CONVICTED OF A FELONY
 

State law, Title 59 O.S. § 199.11, authorizes the Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology to deny, revoke, suspend, or refuse to renew any license, certification, or registration when the applicant or licensee has been convicted of a felony.
 

PLEASE NOTE:  A felony conviction does not automatically disqualify you from obtaining, renewing, or reinstating an expired license.
 

As of March, 2010, applicants for licensees requesting renewal, and persons seeking to reinstate an expired license, a question will be asked on the renewal to indicate whether he or she has been convicted of a felony. Persons who indicate they have been convicted of a felony will be asked if it has been within the last year.  If so, a certified copy of the record of the court is required to be submitted along with renewal application and fee.
 

For initial license applications, a question will be asked on the form requesting if an applicant has been convicted of a felony.  If so, a certified copy of the record of the court is required to be submitted along with the initial application and fee.  
 

The Director will review the information provided and consider each application individually in light of the Board’s mission and purpose of safeguarding and protecting the health and general welfare of the people of the state of Oklahoma.  

 

2009 SUMMARY OF LAW AND RULE CHANGES

 

Effective July 1, 2009, the following amendments are effective for Cosmetology Law, Title 59 O.S. § 199.2 which states in part as follows:

 

Section 199.2.  State Board of Cosmetology

A.     1.  There is hereby re-created, to continue to July 1, 2013, in accordance with the provisions of the Oklahoma Sunset Law, a State Board of Cosmetology which shall be composed of nine (9) members to be appointed by the Governor and to serve at the pleasure of the Governor.

SUMMARY:  The Board successfully underwent through Sunset Review and is re-created for another four (4) years.

  

The intended effect of all the rule revisions is to protect the public from potentially unsafe and unsanitary cosmetology procedures performed in cosmetology establishments regulated by the Board of Cosmetology.

  

Effective July 1 2009, the following amendments are effective for Board Rule 175:10-7-25 which states in part as follows:

 

175:10-7-25.  Animals, birds, pets prohibited in cosmetology schools and related establishments

     Animals, birds, and/or other pets shall be prohibited in a cosmetology establishment or school, unless otherwise provided by law.  The use of fish or other animals in performing a cosmetology service in a cosmetology establishment or school, including but not limited to fish pedicures is prohibited.

SUMMARY:  A fish pedicure, in which certain species of fish are used to remove dead skin from the feet (specifically a gara rufa fish) may result in the transmission of diseases to and between customers through the fish, or the water in which the fish are kept.  The Department of Wildlife Conservation has expressed concerns about the dangers to the Oklahoma lakes and streams if the fish, a non-native species, find their way into Oklahoma waters when the salons dispose of the fish when they grow too large to be used for pedicures.  The disposal of fish into the sanitary sewer system may also negatively impact the functioning of wastewater treatment facilities.  The amendment to the rule prohibits fish pedicures or other cosmetology procedures using fish or animals.  Fish pedicures are a procedure which involves the use of certain species of fish to nibble or such dead skin from the feet.  The amendment also prohibits use of any animal in performing a cosmetology services in a cosmetology establishment or school.  The procedure poses potential risks to the health and safety of customers and the environment, and is not amenable to existing effective sanitization procedures.