According to a recent study of 6 Colorado Nail Salons, chronic exposure to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can lead to many adverse health concerns, including cancer. Results show that 70% of surveyed workers experienced at least one health issue related to their employment, with many reporting multiple related symptoms.
Highlights of the study include:
- VOCs in nail salons exceeded odor thresholds and inhalation reference concentrations.
- BTEX levels in nail salons were similar to those in oil refineries and auto garages.
- Most nail salon workers reported health issues related to their employment.
- Nail technicians who work more than 20 years may experience increased cancer risk.
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The good news is that highly effective ventilation options for nail salons, such as the Three Zone Protection Package from Aerovex Systems can remove and trap these dangerous vapors and dust before they have a chance to be inhaled by the nail technician. By protecting the breathing zone, room air and general building air, this Three Zone approach greatly reduces occupational health hazards encountered by nail professionals caused by VOCs and nail dust.