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Results from a community-based occupational health survey of Vietnamese-American nail salon workers.
Roelofs-C; Azaroff-LS; Holcroft-C; Nguyen-H; Doan-T
J Immigr Minor Health 2008 Aug; 10(4):353-361
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.
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
Department of Work Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Kitson 200H, 1 University Ave, Lowell, MA 01854
Issue of Publication
Work Environment and Workforce
Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Massachusetts
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division