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Colorado nail salon workers face chronic air pollution, elevated cancer risk
Colorado nail salon employees face increased health risks due to high levels of indoor airborne pollutants such as formaldehyde and benzene, new CU Boulder research finds, concluding that working in a salon is akin to working at an oil refinery or an auto garage.
Source: CU Boulder
A Movement for Safer Nail Salons
Advocates are pushing nail salons to use safer products and for more transparency about the chemicals within them.
Healthy Nail Salons: work in Oregon
This new page has been developed to house the previously developed brochures and resources pertaining to nail salon health and safety by the Oregon Collaborative for Healthy Nail Salons, Oregon OSHA and then CROET (now the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences).
Evaluating Local Exhaust Ventilation Systems for Use in Nail Salons: Final Report
The goal of this study was to evaluate four local exhaust ventilation (LEV) systems to determine their effectiveness at eliminating acetone vapor and dust from the breathing zone of nail salon technicians and their clients.
Guidance on Becoming a "Greener " Nail Salon (PDF)
A green nail salon is an emerging business model that respects workers, customers, owners and the community. “Green” is a catch phrase for being environmentally aware, but also responsive to emerging science and business sustainability.
Source: CA DTSC
Identifying Health and Safety Concerns in Southeast Asian Immigrant Nail Salon Workers
The objective of the study was to gather information about the hazards in nail salons along with safety practices and health concerns of nail salon workers within Portland, OR nail salon workers. This study was a pilot study funded by the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences (previously CROET).
The Pump Handle: “Perfect nails, poisoned workers” and where is the law?
This response to the New York Times article on nail salons was published by Cora Roelofs, ScD in this "Water Cooler for the Public Health Crowd" blog.
Source: The Pump Handle
Beauty and the Beast: Unmasking the impacts of toxic chemicals on salon workers (PDF)
This report will highlight the results of decades of research on the beauty care workforce, demonstrating the disproportionate incidence of cancers, neurological diseases, immune diseases, birth defects, reproductive disorders, skin diseases, asthma, and breathing problems in this population.
Toxic Chemicals in Salon Products: What salon workers need to know (PDF)
The factsheet, Toxic Chemicals in Salon Products: Ingredients to Avoid lists toxic ingredients commonly found in salon products and gives salon workers tips on where to find ingredient information.
Tips for Nail Salon Owners and Technicians
These brochures, in English and Vietnamese, were created by CROET, the Asian Health & Service Center and the Oregon Collaborative for Healthy Nail Salons addressing nail salon health and safety.