Assault Awareness Requirements You Need to Know from the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology

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Out of the #MeToo era came a greater awareness for sexual and physical assault that has affected nearly every industry; cosmetology is no exception. At Salon Success Academy, we’ve always been a people-helping company. So, when the State of California enacted a new law that requires all cosmetology schools to provide training in physical and sexual abuse awareness for all licensees, we were fully on board. Of course, we wanted to help our students, clients, and the community!

Whether you’re currently in cosmetology school or plan to enroll soon, Salon Success Academy wants to keep you informed of the latest assault awareness requirements. Here’s what you need to know:

Health and Safety Course

The California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology oversees all of the rules and regulations relating to the field of cosmetology, including the new assault awareness requirement. It has licensed more than 550,000 professionals in the state, including:

  • Barbers
  • Manicurists
  • Estheticians
  • Cosmetologists
  • Electrologists

All professionals, including apprentices, must follow the rules. The board also conducts and administers license exams, issuing licenses to all qualified applicants, and disciplining professionals who violate the rules.

And the board administers the Health and Safety Training Course, which you must complete before taking your license exam. The course covers key topics that all professionals need to know including:

  • Health violations and what to expect from inspections
  • Identification of toxic substances and how to handle hazardous chemicals
  • Safety practices for manicures and pedicures
  • Diseases in the workplace
  • Healthy and safety rights
  • OSHA’s workers’ rights

Assault Awareness Requirements

Under a 2017 state bill, physical and sexual abuse awareness is also covered in this course. Your clients, particularly those who come back time and time again, may come to trust and open up to you. That means you may see signs of abuse and they may share personal information. The course will teach you how to identify the signs of abuse, including:

  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual assault
  • Elder abuse
  • Human trafficking

You will also learn how to provide support and point your clients toward professional resources. But unlike educators, law enforcement and childcare providers, you will not be required to report your knowledge of suspected abuse. This means you cannot be held responsible for any violence or trauma that your clients may suffer because it wasn’t reported to the police.

In addition to what it teaches in the Healthy and Safety Training Course, the board will also promote assault awareness through media and electronic communication. So, you can expect to see print and electronic mailings, fliers, advertisements, and even TV commercials designed to spread this important message.

One of the best parts of working in barbering or cosmetology is the professional relationship you develop with your clients. Those friendly faces can brighten your day, and they support you by using your services. Understanding how to recognize the signs that they might be in trouble is one way of paying them back. You can help and support them by connecting them with organizations and services with trained professionals.

If you’re interested in a rewarding career helping others look and feel their best, Salon Success Academy can help you get started. We have programs in Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetician, Manicuring/Nail Tech, and Makeup Designory. And we have locations throughout southern California. Fill out the form to learn more now.