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The hazards of working in nail salons

On Behalf of | Jan 3, 2024 | Work Injuries |

In recent years, the nail salon industry has experienced significant growth, with more individuals seeking professional nail care services. However, behind the polished exterior lies a range of potential dangers.

It is important to be aware of the hazards nail salon workers face.

Exposure to harmful chemicals

Nail salon workers face constant exposure to toxic chemicals in nail products. OSHA lists a dozen harmful substances commonly found in nail polishes and removers that can cause various health issues. Prolonged exposure to these chemicals can result in respiratory problems, skin irritation and even reproductive complications.

Respiratory challenges

Nail technicians frequently work with potent fumes from nail polish and removers. Breathing in these fumes continuously can lead to respiratory issues like coughing, wheezing and breathlessness. Insufficient salon ventilation can worsen the problem.

Skin irritation and allergies

Exposure to water, chemicals and cleaning agents can lead to skin irritation and allergies. Nail technicians often get conditions like contact dermatitis due to prolonged use of these substances. Without proper protection, such as gloves and skincare routines, workers risk developing chronic skin problems.

Musculoskeletal strain

Nail care services require meticulous attention. Technicians spend extended periods bending over clients’ hands and feet. This posture strains the musculoskeletal system, causing chronic pain, stiffness and disorders. Without proper ergonomics and breaks, nail salon workers endure lasting physical strain effects.

Infectious risks

Nail salons can become breeding grounds for infectious diseases without proper sanitation practices. Tools lacking adequate sterilization can transmit bacteria and viruses. This puts both workers and clients at risk of infections. Nail technicians must implement and maintain stringent hygiene measures.

Vigilance is key. Mitigating these hazards helps protect nail salon workers and their clients.