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Guidance from EPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Preventing Pedicure Foot Spa Infections

Did You Know...?

- A dust mask does not protect against toxic chemical vapors.

- Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) should be requested for all materials, kept in the shop, and shared with all employees.

- Some HVAC systems bring in some outside air, diluting shop vapors. To more effectively minimize breathing in chemicals, shops should consider use of the following:

  • a ventilated table with dust and charcoal filters
  • a ceiling-mounted or a wall-mounted exhaust vent

Developed in collaboration with nail salons and other partners, this practical guide, Protecting the Health of Nail Salon Workers (PDF) (21 pp., 1M, About PDF), can help workers and nail-salon owners make their salons safer workplaces. The guide includes easy-to-use checklists with advice on topics such as proper gloves, masks and handling of products. The guide's non-technical language will help workers understand product ingredients and how to prevent overexposure to those that present potential health risks.

In Vietnamese: Bản tài liệu này hướng dẫn nhiều việc quan trọng cho nhân viên và chủ tiệm móng tay để họ có thể có một nơi làm việc an toàn hơn. Xin hãy kiếm người thông dịch nó ra tiếng Việt hoặc hội ý với những người đã đọc qua và thông hiểu ý nghĩa của nó.


In Korean: EPA에서는 네일샵의 업주와 관리자와 직원들을 위한 좀 더 안전한 작업장을 만들기 위하여 “네일 관리사들의 보건”을 출간하였습니다.

네일 관리사들의 보건(PDF) (9pp., 485 KB, About PDF)

In Spanish: Ya está disponible la versión actualizada de la guía Protección de la salud de los manicuristas y pedicuristas en el lugar de trabajo (PDF) (22 pp., 412 KB, About PDF) (web only). El lenguaje sencillo de esta guía ayudará a los manicuristas y pedicuristas a informarse acerca de los ingredientes en los productos que usan y también a cómo prevenir la sobreexposición a los productos que presentan un mayor potencial de riesgo para la salud.

In Nepali: (PDF) (30 pp., 307 KB, About PDF) (web only).

For more information about Nail Salon Project, contact DfE (dfe@epa.gov).

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