When it comes to getting a manicure or pedicure done by a professional – there are a lot of chemicals involved to make sure someone’s feet or hands are properly taken care of. If you are an employer at a nail salon, then you are aware of what employees have to go through in order to make sure feet and hands are pampered correctly. It means being around harmful chemicals.
A few hazardous chemicals found in nail salon products are:
- Butyl acetate
- Dibutyl phthalate
- Ethyl acetate
All of these chemicals that employees are regularly breathing in and touching could be detrimental to their health. By using a medical surveillance program, you will be able to assess and monitor employees being exposed to these hazardous chemicals. Prevention strategies can be made to ensure all employees are safe from harm.
A few simple ways you can protect your employees from being negatively affected by dangerous chemicals are:
- Use products that have less hazardous chemicals in them.
Try using products that don’t use toluene, formaldehyde, and dibutyl phthalate together. Also using nail polish products that are labeled as “acid free” is safer.
- Keep the room well ventilated.
Keep a window or door open as much as possible to bring in fresh air. It is also best to have a ceiling vent turned on, and in good working condition, in order to move chemicals in the air outside of the salon.
- Take extra measures to keep work areas safe.
Close bottles tightly, throw cotton balls away immediately after use, get trashcans with lids, empty trash by the end of the day, etc.
- Wear appropriate attire
Make sure goggles and disposable gloves are worn when handling products with harsh chemicals. This will help protect employees from dust particles, germs, chemicals, and other hazardous substances.
Medical surveillance for employers is important because it reviews your workplace’s current situation to make sure employees are able to safely perform job duties. With a medical surveillance exam, U.S. HealthWorks will be able to find out if there are any chemicals that employees could fall ill to, or have an injury from, if exposed. The goal is to prevent potential injuries from occurring. If you are an employer at a nail salon, you know that your employees are constantly using hazardous chemicals when working on client’s hands and feet. Getting medical surveillance for your company could save you and your employees from dangerous work-related accidents.