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California Nail Techs: Gear Up for Change

If the new disciplinary law passes the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology will be able to immediately suspend any license without advance hearing.

In the Golden State, a new disciplinary law, fine structure, and foot spa cleaning requirements are pending. Assembly Bill 409, authored by Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/Daly City), was approved by the California State Assembly on Aug. 30. As of press time, the bill was on Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s desk; he had until Sept. 30 to sign or veto the bill. Check the news section of to see if the bill is now a law. If signed, the bill goes into effect immediately (unlike most bills, which don’t take effect until January 1).

If the new disciplinary law passes:

* The Board of Barbering and Cosmetology will be able to immediately suspend any license without advance hearing, if the action is deemed necessary to protect the public health and safety.

*A licensee found in violation will be placed on probation for one year.

*A licensee found in violation will also be required to take remedial training in health and safety laws and regulations.

*Both the new fine structure (see box) and the foot spa cleaning guidelines were still in the review process at press time.

Here is a summary of the pending foot spa cleaning requirements ((changes from previous cleaning requirements have been bolded):

*Foot spas must be cleaned with an EPA-registered hospital disinfectant.

*Disinfectants must be circulated in the basin for 10 minutes — no more sprays.

*More intense record keeping of cleanings will be required.

* These foot spa cleaning requirements will apply to all types of pedicure equipment, including whirlpool units, air-jetted basins, pipeless, and all non-whirlpool basins, sinks, bowls, and tubs.

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