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Air Purifiers Reduce Chemical Exposure in Nail Salons

Posted by Ivey on May 11th, 2011

Woman Getting Manicure and PedicureLike many women, one of my favorite things to do with girlfriends is get a mani/pedi. However, a recent study conducted by researchers at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California and Asian Health Services is making me think twice about getting my nails pampered.

According to a recent WebMD article, researchers monitored the health of 80 female nail salon employees at 20 different nail salons. The participants wore monitors attached to their shirt or coat collar that would measure concentrations of toluene, ethyl acetate, and isopropyl acetate over the course of a shift. Through this monitoring, the research team found that the salon workers were exposed to toluene levels that were twice the amount recommended by the California Environmental Protection Agency for indoor air.
Read more about the study and prevention measures