Assessing Acute Symptoms Related to Occupational Exposures Among Nail Salon Technicians

This cross-sectional field study evaluated potential associations between acute symptoms among nail technicians and exposure of chemical hazards in New Jersey salons. In 2016, an in-person safety and health survey were conducted. Data were gathered on symptoms, demographics, work history, tobacco use, area and/or task ventilation, use of personal protective equipment (PPE), and safety training. Workplace hazards were identified by observational survey during site visit walk-throughs. Of the 68 respondents from 40 participating salons whose owners agreed to participate (35% salon-level participation), most were Asian females with a self-reported history of work-associated eye, nose, throat, and skin symptoms. Few workers used PPE. Most workers had not received training in their primary language. Nail salon workers need comprehensive chemical use training. More research is needed to determine extent of exposure.

Authors: Shendell DG, Graber JM, Milich LJ, Pratt ME. ; Full Source: Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine. 2017 Nov 2. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001210. [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][Epub ahead of print][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]