H4: Occupational Hazards in Seattle's Strip Clubs

Miyoko Sasakura, MS, CIH Moderator
WA State Dept Labor & Industries
Seattle, WA 
United States of America
Eva Glosson Presenter
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
Tacoma, WA 
United States of America
Venetia Runnion, CIH, CSP Co-Presenter
Washington State Labor and Industries
Tukwila, WA 
United States of America
Tue, 5/24: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM CDT
Education Session 
Music City Center 
Room: Meeting Room 105 A 


The adult entertainment industry has historically had limited access to occupational safety and health professionals who have assessed the risks that dancers and other workers may encounter. This session will focus on hazards such as bloodborne pathogens, chemical exposures, and workplace violence found in Seattle area strip clubs in a series of case studies as presented by the WA State Department of Labor and Industries, Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion, the participant will be able to:

• Assess workplace exposures in the adult entertainment industry.
• Interpret workplace samples for bloodborne pathogens to determine exposures to dancers, janitorial staff, and other workers.
• Discuss the different surface decontamination needs for the industry and the viability of the chemicals used.
• Communicate the realities of workplace violence in the adult entertainment industry.
• Define the structure of the industry relating to the status of workers as employees or independent contractors. 

Content Level


Interactive Session Experience



Also part of the Virtual Program
Available as part of AIHce OnDemand
Communicating OEHS Concepts
Hazard Recognition/Exposure Assessment