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New Video Chronicles Workers’ Rights Town Halls

New resource supplements other workers’ rights education materials In 2017, the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology (BBC) held two public town hall events—one in Northern California and one in Southern California—to educate its licensees on the important topic of workers’ rights and responsibilities. A snapshot of those events in the form of a video…

This ‘Spice’ is Not Nice—It’s Dangerous

Health officials warn of synthetic drugs’ potentially deadly consequences You may have heard the term “synthetic marijuana.” Contrary to its name, it is not marijuana at all, but a product made of synthetic drugs that affect the brain in a similar way as the active ingredient in cannabis. Also called synthetic cannabinoids, “spice” also goes…

Salon Safety Takes Another Step Forward

As beauty product consumers, we’re used to seeing a list of ingredients (albeit small and sometimes hard to find) on the products we buy, per federal law. This helps us make informed purchasing decisions and allows us to avoid certain chemicals if we choose. However, federal law does not regulate professional cosmetics in the same manner…

New Video Spotlights Critical Contributions of Geologists

If you’ve ever wondered why hospitals aren’t accidentally built on fault lines, how we ensure our drinking water is clean, or how we have access to materials that power items like our cellphones, you can thank a geologist or a geophysicist. A new informative and entertaining video—“50 Years of Protecting the Public: The California Professional…

Summer’s Uninvited Visitors: What to Know About Black Widow Spiders

This is the time of year when we may come upon increased numbers of black widow spiders in and around our homes. Although there are several species found in temperate regions around the world, black widows are usually identified by the colored, hourglass-shaped mark on their abdomens. They are active when the temperature is 70 degrees or higher,…

Southern California Audiologist Ordered to Cease and Desist Practice

Thousand Oaks audiologist is accused of murder SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Audiologist Bryn Spejcher was ordered by a Ventura County Superior Court judge to cease and desist practicing audiology after the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board filed a request pursuant to California Penal Code section 23. This provision of the law allows…

Southern California Men Face Felony Charges in Huge Engineering Fraud Case

Case reinforces importance of using licensed professionals and verifying credentials SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Two men were charged with 487 felony counts including identity theft, grand theft and forgery after allegedly preparing fraudulent engineering documents using the name and logo of their former employer, Palo Verdes Engineering, a legitimate Rolling Hills Estates-based company, in one of…

New Shop Posting Requirements Simplify Consumer Message, Save Costs

Salon patrons may remember walking into their favorite establishments and seeing a long, text-heavy poster detailing the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology’s health and safety regulations hanging in the lobby. Not ringing a bell? You’re not alone. Turns out customers weren’t really reading it if they noticed it at all. That meant that the “Message to…

It’s Home Improvement Season: Why Using a Licensed Contractor is Critical

We’ve all heard the stories. Maybe even been a victim. An unscrupulous or unlicensed contractor hired to give you your dream home, landscape, kitchen or bathroom starts the project, collects payment, then disappears leaving the job unfinished or done improperly. Before you invest in any home improvement project, the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) reminds…

Tarzana Audiologist Ordered to Cease and Desist Practice

Southern California audiologist arrested for indecent exposure at a theme park; more victims sought as additional charges are brought SACRAMENTO, CA – Audiologist Hershel Korngut was ordered by the Los Angeles Superior Court to cease and desist practicing audiology upon request of the Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board pursuant to California Penal…

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