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Does working with chemicals and powders all day harm my lungs?

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The salon I work in is extremely busy with acrylics. Does working with chemicals and powders all day harm my lungs? My clients wonder the same for times they stay in the salon for long periods of time. How do I reply to their questions?

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All salon products can be used safely if used properly and according to manufacturer’s directions.

Clients have relatively little exposure to salon products even if they are there for many hours and are unlikely to ever become overexposed. I’d reassure your clients by telling them they have little to worry about because you’re a trained professional who understands how to use your products safely and correctly. Then follow through with your commitment to work safely. Information about how to work safely and avoid overexposure can be found in my book Nail Structure & Product Chemistry, Second Edition, Thompson Learning. — Doug Schoon is vice president of science and technology for Creative Nail Design in Vista, Calif.

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