Re: Another PPD??, Need help/advice plz


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Posted by Maureen on September 30, 2002 at 02:01:46:

In reply to: Another PPD??, Need help/advice plz posted by Lisa K on September 30, 2002 at 00:37:47:

Hi Lisa,

If you have the company name and the fair is next month, the
likelihood is that they used the same company name when registering
for the upcoming fair that was used for this one. If you get the
name of the organizers and person responsible for vendors for the
upcoming fair, you may just want to contact them. You should
identify yourself both as a henna artist and a person extremely
concerned about the safety of the public and the integrity of the
organization holding the fair. Let them know of your dismay
discovering this company providing designs at the last fair and your
understanding that the people organizing the other fair did not know
about what this company appeared to be using as they surely would not
have wanted to provide an opportunity to harm children and adults.
State that you are sure that no organization would want to provide an
opportunity for such harm and liability. Explain that you are
informing them of the problem because the same company or another
company may well have been provided with a vending opportunity at
their upcoming event. Ask them if they screen the henna
artist/companies that will do henna at their fair. Ask if they have
a policy against anyone/company doing designs under the name
of "henna designs" while using chemicals like PPD in their paste.
Those questions are purely to get them to thinking and be sure to
phrase them so as not to make them defensive when you are asking.
Suggest that such a policy would and should protect them from vendors
who are willing to put harmful stuff in their paste because the
likelihood is that if the organizers ask such questions of the
vendors, the vendor will back off if they are committed to using the
PPD. Ask the organizers also what they are prepared to do if someone
is dishonest and says they won't use the chemicals but set up and do
indeed use them. Do they have people at the fair who can shut such a
person down. In form them that such action would certainly be needed
to protect them and minimize their liability if someone is harmed.
Ask who that person would be. In form them that you will be
attending the fair and will be checking out the vendors providing
henna designs and you would certainly like to know who to approach at
the fair and report this to should you discover someone there who is
or appears to be using PPD in their paste. If they appear clueless
about the dangers of PPD, volunteer to send them some info and pics.

This puts them on the alert about possible dangers of PPD...the fact
that they may well have provided someone using PPD with the a vending
opportunity...the fact that they may well be legal liable if someone
is harmed...and the fact that you will be there looking around...and
the fact that once they have been informed, they can no longer hide
behind not knowing. That is often enough to get them to check into
who they have already contracted with and also provide them with some
facts and language necessary to put some stipulations into their
contracts with henna artist/company vendors in the future.

You want to take care not to scare the hell out of them about henna
in general. That could just make them accept no henna
artists/companies as vendors in the future. So providing them with
information and ways to safeguard themselves without scaring them is
what you would want to do.

Just one way to approach part of this.

Take care.

Maureen

 


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