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609 Health Hazards in Nail Salons
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Nail salons are mostly small businesses who employ or contract with trained professionals to provide clients with nail services including, but not limited to, nail filing and polishing, artificial nail application, and other hand-and foot-care treatments.

More than 375,000 nail technicians work in salons across the United States and face possible health hazards every day.

The hazards include:

  • exposure to chemicals from glues, polishes, removers, and other salon products
  • muscle strains from awkward positions or repetitive motions
  • risk of infection from contact with client skin, nails, or blood

This course gives important information about these hazards and the steps nail salon workers and employers can take to prevent injuries and illnesses.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course, you should be able to:
ID Objective
TO 1.0 Achieve a minimum score of 70% on the final course assessment.
LO 1.1.1 Describe how chemicals can enter the body of a worker and how chemicals can effect them.
LO 1.1.2 Identify product label and information requirements found on safety data sheets (SDSs).
LO 1.1.3 Discuss the importance of adequate ventilation in nail salons.
LO 1.1.4 Describe the risk and hazard controls for exposure to biological hazards.
LO 1.1.5 Describe procedures within the bloodborne Exposure Control Plan.
LO 1.2.1 Discuss safe work practices to prevent exposure to chemicals.
LO 1.2.2 Identify the different methods used to keep hazardous products off your skin, out of your eyes, and out of your lungs.
LO 1.3.1 Describe ergonomic best practices to prevent musculoskeletal injuries.
LO 1.3.2 Discuss the benefits of an effective stretching program.

Key: Terminal Objective (TO), Learning Objective (LO)