Occupational Health Survey of Cosmetologists in Minnesota
Cosmetologists face a variety of occupational health and safety challenges. To gather information on respiratory issues related to work as a cosmetologist, licensed cosmetologists were invited by e-mail to participate in a short online survey. The survey collected demographic data, work history, respiratory symptoms, product usage, and health and safety training. Results revealed that while 57% of cosmetologists reported having received training on customer or consumer safety, only 10.5% had received training on worker health such as work-related asthma and/or breathing issues. Respiratory symptoms were reported by 46% of respondents. Length of employment and the use of glues or adhesives were associated with a diagnosis of asthma.
Speaker / Author:
Kathleen G. Norlien, MS, CPH, Asthma Program, Minnesota Department of Health
Adrienne Landsteiner, MPH, PhD, Center for Occupational Health and Safety, Minnesota Department of Health
Allan Williams, MPH, PhD, Center for Occupational Health and Safety, Minnesota Department of Health
Angeline Carlson, PhD, RPH, Data Intelligence Consultants, LLC