Adding a healthy sheen

Workers at nail salons can take simple steps to protect themselves and their customers.

Open doors and windows when possible.

Close bottles tightly when not in use.


Use products with the least hazardous chemicals, and avoid the “toxic trio” of toluene, formaldehyde, and dibutyl phthalate.

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Use metal trash cans with tight, self-closing lids.

Wash hands before eating, drinking, and applying cosmetics.

Take breaks outdoors.

Keep food and drinks covered and do not store or eat food in work areas.


Use an adjustable chair with good back support and sit with feet placed flat on the floor.

Adjust lighting so you can see without having to bend over.

Do gentle stretching exercises between sessions.