Course 609 - Health Hazards in Nail Salons

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Modules: 3
Hours: 3
Sectors: Speciality

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Course 609 Health Hazards in Nail Salons

Key Topics

  • Preventing Exposure to Chemical Hazards
  • Adequate Ventilation
  • Biological Hazard Protection
  • Respirator Selection and Use
  • Reducing Ergonomic Hazards
  • Recommended Stretching Exercises

Target Audience

  • Employee

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Course Introduction

Nail salons are mostly small businesses who employ or contract with trained professionals to provide clients with nail services including, but not limited to, nail filing and polishing, artificial nail application, and other hand-and foot-care treatments.

More than 375,000 nail technicians’ work in salons across the United States and face possible health hazards every day.

The hazards include:

  • exposure to chemicals from glues, polishes, removers, and other salon products
  • muscle strains from awkward positions or repetitive motions
  • risk of infection from contact with client skin, nails, or blood

This course gives important information about these hazards and the steps nail salon workers and employers can take to prevent injuries and illnesses.

Once you complete this course, you will have knowledge of the following components:

  • chemical hazards
  • product labeling requirements
  • how to properly ventilate the nail salon
  • biological hazards
  • ways to prevent exposures to chemicals
  • types of respirators
  • reducing ergonomic hazards
  • preventing aches and pains

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To begin your training, click on the module links below. If you are just starting this course, you should start with module 1.

  1. Identifying Hazards
  2. Preventing Exposure
  3. Preventing Injury

Course 609 Final Exam

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1. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (2012). Stay Healthy and Safe While Giving Manicures and Pedicures: A Guide for Nail Salon Workers. Retrieved from:

2. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (2014). Health Hazards in Nail Salons. Retrieved from: