There are many misconceptions when it comes to how to achieve safe, clean air in nail salons. For many years, it has been widely known that microscopic dusts and chemical vapors are harmful to the respiratory health of nail technicians, especially with prolonged and repeated exposure over time. Many people think that it’s only the dust you see and the vapors you smell that pose a risk. This simply isn’t true!
For example, in the case of dust inhalation, it’s the dust you can’t see that poses the biggest risk. These microscopic dust particles hang in the air for many hours after being created, greatly increasing the chance of being inhaled. Also, due to how small these dust particles are, they are drawn deep into the lungs where they can cause the most damage. The same goes for chemical vapors. Just because something does not smell bad, does not mean they are not causing harm.
In the video below, Mr. Schoon discusses which produce more dust; e-files or manual files, describes which types of dusts are most harmful, and explains the best way to ventilate a nail salon.
“Many don’t realize the importance of proper salon ventilation for minimizing inhalation exposure to potentially irritating or harmful substances. Proper ventilation can also greatly improve the salon environment for customers and create a safer, more pleasant workplace for salon professionals. I’m particularly impressed by the comprehensive approach that Aerovex Systems takes to help ensure that salons have consistently high-quality breathing air.”
– Doug Schoon, internationally known salon industry scientist & chemist