• Nail Salon Employees
  • March 22, 2018
  • Injuries can happen in any workplace. Although injuries are more likely to occur during jobs that require physical labor, like farming and industrial jobs, office workers and others who work relatively non-strenuous jobs can suffer injuries in the workplace.

    Nail salons are no exception. There are many ways nail salon workers can be injured or become ill in the workplace. Before accepting a job or moving into a new industry, workers should research all the health and safety risks associated with their potential new jobs. Workers should also educate themselves about the safety requirements imposed on their industries by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), so they can recognize any violations that occur in their workplace. Below are a few ways nail salon employees can be injured at work and how to prevent them.

    Proper Posture at Work Can Reduce the Risk of Injuries
    Workers who perform nail services spend a large portion of their workdays sitting across from clients, leaning forward, and performing repetitive motions as they manicure nails. This can lead to repetitive stress injuries that result in chronic joint and muscle pain, and stiffness.

    Nail salon workers should use chairs that provide sufficient back support and make it possible to sit comfortably with their feet on the floor. Work tables should be sufficiently lit to reduce workers’ chances of suffering eye strain. Workers should also take regular breaks to stand up, walk around the salon, and rest their hands and wrists from the repetitive motions of manicuring nails.

    Harmful Chemicals Must Be Treated with Care
    Many different chemical compounds can be found in a nail salon, including:

    Formaldehyde
    Acetone
    Toluene
    Dibutyl Phthalate
    Regular exposure to these compounds can cause health problems such as eye and skin irritation. Workers can also suffer respiratory problems from repeatedly inhaling fumes from these products. Nail salons should ensure that spaces where these compounds are used are properly ventilated and that workers are outfitted with sufficient protection from them, such as long sleeves, rubber gloves, and face masks. It is also important that salons store and dispose of these compounds in a safe manner.

    Illnesses
    Nail salon workers also encounter clients’ bodily fluids, which can put them at risk of contracting HIV/AIDs and other bloodborne illnesses. To prevent contracting illnesses from clients, it is important that workers use only sterile equipment and that they avoid all contact with clients’ bodily fluids. Workers should keep themselves up to date on their immunizations as an additional preventative measure.

    Philadelphia Workplace Injury Lawyers of Gross & Kenny, LLP Represent Workers Injured on the Job
    If you were injured or became ill while working in a nail salon, you have the right to pursue monetary compensation for your damages with the aid of an experienced Philadelphia workplace injury lawyer of Gross & Kenny, LLP. Fill out our online form or call 215-512-1500 today to set up your initial consultation. We are in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and we serve clients from the surrounding areas.