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In Response to "16 deaths per day"

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In Response to “16 deaths per day”, “Want a Toxic Manicure”, “Safer Salons for San Francisco”, “Why I Stopped getting Manicures”, Sick for Beauty, Protect Nail Salon Workers” and more listed at  http://16deathsperday.com/press/

Should you come across this article or choose to view it, you need to be aware of some REAL facts surrounding this “press”. The “organization” behind this particular blog is NOT interested in prmoting the beauty salon/nail salon industry. The information presented is full of falsehoods, half-truths and misleading information. They are only concerned about their organization.

Responses from highly respectible sources in the professional beauty industry:

In my personal opinion, this video is nothing but scaremonger, just like its deceptive title. There aren’t 16 deaths per day in the entire American workforce, based on the latest statistics, and the majority of them are due to workplace homicides and slip and fall accidents, etc. Just like the exaggerated title, the video is also exaggerated and contains lots of misinformation.

Paul Bryson/OPI and I have been talking to this group for a few years, trying to help them understand the salon industry, services, products, etc. We’ve offered many times to work with them on projects with the goal being to improve education and safety training, but this group has resisted our offers and instead would rather put their resources into making this misleading video. We’ll continue to talk with them and to hope they might reconsider our offers to work together.

It is disappointing to see this group has turned from “community activism” to “fear-based advocacy” and I am becoming concerned. Much of their information is incorrect and/or slanted to give a false and misleading impressions. Sadly, that’s what fear-based advocacy is all about, frightening people with misinformation.
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Doug Schoon www.schoonscientific.com
Chief Scientific Adviser
Creative Nail Design, Inc.

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Extremely misleading. “16 deaths per day” refers to the total workplace deaths in the USA for all occupations — including loggers, fishermen, police, firemen, oil rig workers, and other high risk jobs. Does anyone believe that working in a salon has the same risk as working an Alaskan crab boat? If so, let’s do a reality series, “Deadliest Nail”….

In all seriousness, though… Even the “16 deaths per day” figure for the total workforce is outdated. For 2008, the latest year for which coallated figures are available, the number is down to 14 deaths per day, which happens to be an all time low! Workplaces in general have never been safer. Granted, 14 deaths per day still sounds like a lot — but, considering it against a population of 300 million, it really isn’t.. Also note that the on-the-job deaths include some natural causes; a guy who slumps over his desk, dead of a heart attack, is considered a workplace death, and that sort of thing happens all the time.

The great question we all have, is, how many of those deaths happened in SALONS? Looking through the Bureau of Labor statistics information, I found specific numbers for specific occupations. For the entire barber/salon/hair-nail-skin category, in 2008, there were a total of 13 workplace deaths for the whole year. That’s for the whole year, not per day. Of those, 12 were homicides — I presume these are due to salon robberies but it’s not specified. Total chemical fatalities in salons, zero.
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Paul Bryson, Ph.D.
Director of Research & Development, OPI Products Inc.,
www.opi.com
Scientific Advisor, ROB|B Salon, www.robbsalon.com

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I made a mistake. And unlike some people in the industry, I will admit it:

This is wrong:

“Also note that the on-the-job deaths include some natural causes; a guy who slumps over his desk, dead of a heart attack, is considered a workplace death, and that sort of thing happens all the time. “

In fact, these BLS fatality statistics do NOT include natural causes.

Sorry for the confusion.

Here is a link to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Data, for the entire year 2008:

http://www.bls.gov/iif/oshwc/cfoi/cftb0232.pdf

Our industry is on page 19 of this document. Please note that there’s a broader category of “Personal and Laundry services” which includes laundry delivery service (hence several car crashes are listed for that category). Skip that broader category as that doesn’t apply to us, and go right below to the subheading, “Personal Care Services”, which includes ONLY the salon category. There are 13 total deaths, of which 12 were “Hair/Nail/Skin Care” (and 1 unstated/unspecified). Under that category, there were 7 for “Barber Shops”, and 3 for “Beauty Salons; presumably there are 2 more for which the type of shop was not specified on the report. But since some shops offer both services I don’t think we’re warranted in hairsplitting (or nail splitting, as it were) this far. Let’s just stick with 13 deaths.

Now look at the column as to cause. In 12 of 13 cases, the cause of death is assaults and violent acts. One case is unspecified. The footnote explains that this category can also include self inflicted injury and animal attacks. I doubt anyone runs into a bear or a cougar (the 4 legged kind anyway) in a salon but it’s possible, based on the footnote, that some of those numbers are suicides. However, they don’t specify.

The fatalities for harmful substances (chemicals), equipment, and fires are all zero. I don’t mean to discount safey precautions for those, but, please pay attention to salon security!
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Paul Bryson, Ph.D.
Director of Research & Development, OPI Products Inc.,
www.opi.com
Scientific Advisor, ROB|B Salon, www.robbsalon.com

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