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Beauty salons and in particular nail bars have become more common in the last ten years, thanks in part to the popularity of acrylic nails.
It is vital that safe working procedures are maintained so that risks to the health of employees and customers are limited. CoSHH legislation must be enforced and risk assessments must be carried out for all chemicals.
Some ingredients in beauty and cleansing products such as solvents in nail polish removers can irritate the skin and lead to dermatitis.
Contact with blood and tissue residues from piercing or tattooing can lead to infection.
However, this article aims to investigate the health risks of cosmetic procedures for nails.
Some ingredients in acrylic fluids and powders can cause skin allergies and asthma.
When making acrylic nails, it is possible to absorb bacterial, viral and fungal infections.
The filings of artificial nails can cause wheezing, chest tightness and asthma, and acrylic fumes can cause headache, dizziness and nausea.
There are certain procedures that must be followed to reduce any health risk:
Do not allow eating, drinking or smoking in the salon.
The nail area must be treated with respect so that infection is less likely.
Ensure that employees and customers wash their hands after a cosmetic procedure.
Ensure that CoSHH safety data sheets are available for each chemical used and follow them on CoSHH task-based risk assessments.
Always follow the manufacturer's instructions regarding personal protective equipment, such as the use of gloves or masks.
Keep the workplace well ventilated, if possible use ventilated tables.
Ensure that all substances used are kept in closed, marked containers to reduce the amount of chemicals in the air.
All equipment that has direct skin contact, such as nail files, may only be used once or at least sterlized by customers. This reduces the risk of infection.
All material that has had acrylic contact must be placed in a sealed bag before being discarded. This also applies to other materials that are affected by chemicals, such as cotton wool, etc. This helps to reduce the amount of chemicals in the air.
Customer information must be recorded and procedures cannot be performed if the following is true:
The client has had previous skin conditions such as dermatitis, eczema or sensitive skin
The customer has allergies
The client has bad skin or the nail is not in good condition
The client has an existing medical condition or is pregnant.
Salon staff must indicate whether they are allergic or sensitive to products.
It is essential that employees are kept informed and properly trained in the CoSHH legislation and that they form an integral part of the risk assessment process.