Health hazard evaluation report no. HETA 97-0153-2694, The Grand Experience Salon, Chicago, Illinois.
On March 28, 1997, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) received a confidential employee request to evaluate employee exposures at The Grand Experience Salon, Chicago, Illinois. The requestors expressed concern that certain health effects (i.e., allergic reactions, asthma, cancer) experienced by employees of the salon may be associated with inadequate ventilation and exposures to chemical ingredients of products used in the salon. On June 11-13, 1997, NIOSH investigators conducted a site visit and collected general area air samples for total and respirable particulate during the application of artificial nails; measured temperature, relative humidity (RH), and carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations at various location within the salon; traced the ventilation system ducting to determine the source of outside air; and conducted employee interview. Verbal recommendations were provided to the salon management at the closing conference on June 13, 1997.