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Results from a community-based occupational health survey of Vietnamese-American nail salon workers.

Authors
Roelofs-C; Azaroff-LS; Holcroft-C; Nguyen-H; Doan-T
Source
J Immigr Minor Health 2008 Aug; 10(4):353-361
NIOSHTIC No.
20034386
Abstract
A community-university collaborative partnership assessed self-reported work-related health effects and environmental factors in Boston's Vietnamese immigrant community via an interviewer-assisted survey. Seventy-one nail technicians responded. Musculoskeletal disorders, skin problems, respiratory irritation and headaches were commonly reported as work-related, as were poor air quality, dusts and offensive odors. The reporting of a work-related respiratory symptom was significantly associated with the reporting of exposure factors such as poorer air quality. Absence of skin disorders was associated with glove use and musculoskeletal symptoms were associated with years worked as a nail technician. Work-related health effects may be common in nail salon work. Chemical and musculoskeletal hazards should be reduced through product and equipment redesign.
Keywords
Occupational-health; Demographic-characteristics; Occupational-exposure; Solvents; Dust-particles; Dusts; Injuries; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Skin-irritants; Air-quality; Work-environment; Questionnaires; Respiratory-irritants; Respiratory-system-disorders; Author Keywords: Immigrant; Occupational health; Nail salon; Vietnamese-American
Contact
Department of Work Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Kitson 200H, 1 University Ave, Lowell, MA 01854
CODEN
JIHEF5
Publication Date
20080801
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
cora_roelofs@uml.edu
Funding Amount
108000
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2008
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-K01-OH-000178; Grant-Number-K01-OH-007956
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
1557-1912
Priority Area
Work Environment and Workforce
Source Name
Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
State
MA
Performing Organization
University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Massachusetts
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