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Indoor Air Quality and Artificial Nails

  The Division of Occupational Safety (DOS) conducts free investigations of workplace health hazards upon request of an employer, employee, union, Board of Health or upon referral by another agency or health professional. DOS can provide non-regulatory inspections and advice on ventilation and chemical management issues. Contact Rick Rabin or Nancy Comeau at 1-617-969-7177.

URL:  http://www.mass.gov/lwd/labor-standards/massachusetts-workplace-safety-and-health-program/hazard-info/hib400.html

Methods for Investigating Odor Complaints in Nail Salons

  The Emergency Response/Indoor Air Quality Program (ER/IAQ) conducts assessments of indoor air quality in public buildings throughout Massachusetts. Contact: Emergency Response/Indoor Air Quality Program at Tel. (617) 624-5757

URL:  http://mass.gov/Eeohhs2/docs/dph/environmental/iaq/ventilation_nail_salons.pdf

"Artificial Fingernails and Indoor Air Quality"

  Produced by the Massachusetts Division of Occupational Safety, Occupational Hygiene/Indoor Air Quality Program. A guide to controlling chemical exposures, including information about the problem with chemical exposures, how to identify dangerous chemicals, and protective measures workers can take. Download file (102.00 kB)

"Ventilation in Nail Salons"

  Discusses ventilated tables, general room ventilation, and legal requirements for Massachusetts nail salons. Download file (40.00 kB)

"Safety in Nail Salons"

  A fact sheet published by Labsafety. Provides an overview of the industry and associated hazards and means to protect workers from these hazards. Includes details on recommended ventilation tables and healthy work habits. Download file (75.00 kB)

Fact Sheet for Physicians

  Produced by the University of Connecticut Health Center. Discusses chemicals in products used by nail technicians and manicurists. Focuses on associated reproductive hazards. Lists best approaches to control exposure in nail salons. Download PDF file (62.01 kB)

Fact Sheet for Manicurists

  Produced by the University of Connecticut Health Center. Similar to the fact sheet for physicians, this fact sheet is a reference for the nail technician or manicurist. Download PDF file (60.21 kB)

Promoting Safer Nail Salons in Massachusetts

  A look at the issues and opportunities to improve health and safety in nail salons. Download file (66.00 kB)

Reducing Acetone Use in Nail Salons

  This factsheet provides useful tips on proper storage, disposal and reduced use of solvents such as acetone in nail salons. Download PDF file (304.45 kB)