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HWMG Nail Bar pack

Local authority enforcement officers have raised concerns about the risk to health for employees (and customers) in nail salons because of a lack of awareness about the potential hazards faced in this work. Nail salons are part of the expanding beauty care sector mostly involving small businesses dedicated to cosmetic nail treatments and application of artificial nails. New processes, materials and chemicals have been introduced to this work, much of which is carried out in small salons with limited air volume and circulation.

Potential risks to health arise from nail enhancement work including inhalation of dust from nail filings, and contact of the skin contact with solvents, lacquers, acrylic polymers and adhesives. There are risks for repetitive strain injury (RSI) and musculo-skeletal disorders (MSDs) and for cross-infection from the clients where bacteria or viruses may be present on skin or in blood.

This nail bar information pack contains:

Summary of the relevant hazards

Assessing the risks

Preventative measures and guidance

For further information please contact: healthyworkmatters@hsl.gsi.gov.uk or tel: 01298 218416

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