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Sentinel Event Notification System for Occupational Risks (SENSOR): in-depth survey report: control of ethyl methacrylate exposures during the application of artificial fingernails at Moore's University of Hair Design, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Spencer AB; Estill CF; McCammon JB; Mickelsen RL; Johnston OE
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, ECTB 171-22a, 1994 Aug; :1-21
A study was made to document and evaluate effective technologies for the control of ethyl-methacrylate (97632) exposures during application of artificial fingernails at Moore's University of Hair Design (SIC-7231), Cincinnati, Ohio. Moore University was a beauty culture school with approximately 50 students. The area where artificial nails were applied was 22 by 13 feet with a ceiling 9 feet high. The nail application area also served as an area for hair drying stations, and was connected to the hair styling area. Commercially available unventilated tables were used for manicures and artificial nail application. Cloth towels were placed on the table to capture dusts and liquids. General room ventilation was present in the form of a fan mounted in the wall, exhausting outside. Although levels of methyl-methacrylate (80626) were below the permissible levels, some technicians were adversely affected by the chemical exposure. The authors recommend that the facility use a modified ventilated manicure table design. The practice of soaking up remaining nail product liquid with a gauze pad and placing the pad in the trash can should be eliminated. Personal protective equipment should be provided to technicians including gloves, safety glasses, and dust masks as appropriate.
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