What about areas of the
world with very strict laws in regards to face painters? Example: Calgary,
by Gary Cole
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In many parts of the world there are some very
strict or confining laws for face painters. These can be confined to a
specific event in a town, to a specific county or in some cases very large
territories like Alberta, Canada. I can only speculate on how these
regulations for face painters came about so if someone in the area knows the
rest of the story, I'd love to hear it.
Generally when government officials take the time
to write up regulation it is because something happened. I would assume there
was some face painting event here and there was a bad experience. Most likely
some face painter was either using some paint that was not meant for face
painting or they used some poor paints like the Rose Art paints that were
recalled. As you know they were pulled from the shelves because of a 28%
allergic reaction rate. I could see that if there was a large scale family
event and over one in four had an allergic reaction, perhaps several of them
more than minor that it could raise a stink.
Take that stink and turn it over to some angry
moms and some government officials and rules are implemented that are not fair
to anyone even though they shut up the angry moms and sooth the bureaucrats in
office. I would suspect when the heat got turned up the face painter using the
bad product ran for cover and it was then left up to people that had five
percent of the facts to set the new guidelines. In turn that reaction ended up
with some bad new rules.
I think most on this list would agree that if you
stuck with the major brands of safe face paints there is relatively few risks.
Couple that with some educated face painter with basic skills, clean water and
clean tools to work with and the allergic issues were be extremely low if not
absent. I think we as professional face painters need to get involved and at
least make comments to those using unsafe products to prevent such conflicts.
When we hear of such things get involved at the regulatory level.
When the government official is reactive and does
not do their home work then it is pretty easy to regulate away the problem.
This can cover everything from defining what products can be used to flat
banning the face painting. Until now I have seen such regulations only in
backwater communities when people are uninformed. These guidelines in Alberta
are province wide (as I understand it) or at best for the area known as
Calgary. If it applies to all of Alberta we are talking about a very large
geographical area. I would hate to see this happen in my state of Texas. I
suppose if this were to happen in my area I would take an active role to get
the rule over turned or at the least have it modified to protect both the
child and the face painter. The rules in Calgary, in my opinion, are extreme.
Here are the rules, I wonder how well they are
adhered to or how well they are informed. This is the wording...
"The following requirements of the Calgary Health
Region, Environmental Health for the safe operation of personal services at
events. Personal services include barbering, hair dressing/braiding, esthetics
(e.g. manicures, pedicures, waxing), massage, tattooing, ear/body piercing and
Requirements of Alberta Health Standards and
Guidelines for Personal Services must be met.
Hair Control. Single-use hair control or
bandeaus, barrettes, etc. that are smooth, impervious to moisture and can be
sanitized after each use.
Make-up/Face painting. Make-up/Face Paints -
apply with a clean single use applicator unless the applicator can be cleaned
and sanitized after each use. Make-up pencils/face crayons - sanitize after
each use. Face stencils - use single-use stencils or reusable stencils that
are smooth, impervious to moisture and can be sanitized after each use.
Sanitizers. All equipment and supplies which come
into direct contact with the person must be thoroughly cleansed and sanitized
after each use and maintained in a sanitary condition until re-use. Approved
methods of sanitizing equipment include... An ethyl or isopropyl solution of
not less than 70% (i.e. alcohol swabs). A chlorine solution at a strength of
not less than 100 ppm (e.g. 1/2 teaspoon household bleach to 1 liter of
water). A quaternary ammonium solution at a strength of not less than 200 ppm.
Any other method approved by Calgary Health Region, Environmental Health."
So you see they will go through quite an ordeal
in order to be compliant with these rules. AT BEST the process is expensive
(additional materials for sanitizing, many more brushes and sponges) and time
as this is all labor intensive.
Can you imagine a new brush and sponge for each
color used for each child?
Now that the rule is written and there are people
enforcing it, there will be quite a challenge to get it overturned. It will
take someone that is tenacious, diplomatic and educated to work through the
system to correct the mess.
I guess the point is everyone has an obligation
to get involved before something like this happens in your area of the world.
Stay informed and get involved.
Ruby Red Paints Inc.
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