Chemicals May Raise Health Risks for Nail Salon
FRIDAY, May 6 (HealthDay News) -- Nail salon workers may be at
increased risk of exposure to harmful chemicals, a new study
Researchers recruited 80 Vietnamese women who worked at 20 nail
salons in California and measured their work-related exposure to
toluene, ethyl acetate and isopropyl acetate. The results,
published online May 5 in the
American Journal of Public Health, showed that the workers were exposed to higher-than-recommended levels of these solvents.
One-third of the women reported health problems such as
headaches, irritations, nausea and breathing problems after they
started working at a nail salon. Irritations of the nose, throat,
lungs, skin and eyes were the most common complaints, reported by
26.5 percent of the study participants, the authors noted in a news
release from the American Public Health Association.
"Our findings underscore the need for more attention to preventive public health strategies for this workforce," study author Thu Quach, of the University of California, Los Angeles, and colleagues wrote.
"Recommendations to promote worker health and safety include policy changes to update occupational exposure limits that take into account various chronic health conditions, better regulatory oversight of chemicals in cosmetic products, and more research focused on the health of understudied and vulnerable worker populations," the study authors concluded.
The U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has
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