Assessing Acute Symptoms Related to Occupational Exposures Among Nail Salon Technicians

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Abstract

Objective:

This cross-sectional field study evaluated potential associations between acute symptoms among nail technicians and exposure of chemical hazards in New Jersey salons.

Methods:

In 2016, an in-person safety and health survey was conducted. Data were gathered on symptoms, demographics, work history, tobacco use, area and/or task ventilation, use of personal protective equipment, and safety training. Workplace hazards were identified by observational survey during site visit walk-throughs.

Results:

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 personal protective equipment. Most workers had not received training in their primary language.

Conclusions:

Nail salon workers need comprehensive chemical use training. More research is needed to determine extent of exposure.

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