Other Conditions & Exposures

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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO ARE THINKING OF WORKING, ARE WORKING, OR HAVE WORKED IN A NAIL SALON DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What hazards of working in a nail salon may be relevant to pregnancy?

Whether you are pregnant or not, working in a nail salon could expose you to certain hazards, such as exposure to infectious agents including viruses, bacteria, and fungus from the nails, hands, and feet of your clients. This work also exposes you to dust and certain chemical agents. Chemicals in nail products of particular concern (because they may harm the developing baby, increase the risk of cancer, or simply irritate your skin or mucous membranes) include formaldehyde, acetone, acetonitrile, butyl acetate, dibutyl phthalate, ethyl acetate ethyl methacrylate (EMA), isopropyl acetate, methacrylic acid, methyl methacrylate (MMA), disinfectants consisting of quaternary ammonium compounds, and toluene.


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