S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2011-2012 Regular Sessions
I N S E N A T E
January 10, 2011
Introduced by Sen. SAMPSON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
printed to be committed to the Committee on Health
AN ACT to direct the conducting of an evaluation of the need for educat-
ing barbers on the health and safety aspects of their trade
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Legislative findings. The legislature finds that, as part
of the state's commitment to protecting the public health, it is impor-
tant to ensure the health and safety of both barbers and their clients.
The legislature also finds that the safe use and sterilization of sharp
instruments and knowledge of the proper techniques to prevent trans-
mission of infection and disease are significant public health concerns.
The legislature further finds that, because most barbers choose the
option of entering the trade by apprenticing to a master barber, rather
than attending an accredited barber school, there are many practicing
barbers who have had no formal training and education in the health and
safety aspects of their trade. In addition, there is no requirement that
barbers complete periodic refresher courses in the health and safety
aspects of barbering.
S 2. The secretary of state, in cooperation with the commissioner of
health and the commissioner of education, or their designees, and repre-
sentatives of the licensed barbering industry and barber educators shall
conduct a thorough evaluation of the need for educating barbers on the
health and safety aspects of their trade. The secretary of state shall
report the findings of this evaluation to the governor and legislature
no later than April 1, 2012, including, but not limited to, recommenda-
tions on course content and the required number of hours and frequency
for taking a course, if it is determined that such education is neces-
sary in order to safeguard public health.
S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.