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Occupational exposure to airborne solvents during nail sculpturing

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Abstract

This study describes occupational exposure to acrylates and other solvents during nail sculpturing, including comparative measurements of the exposure using four different sculpturing methods: The acrylic method, the UV-gel method, the acrylic powder method and the resin method. Thirty-two nail technicians working in 22 different salons participated in the study. In total, 92 measurements were performed, comprising 70 solvent measurements and 22 measurements of ethyl 2-cyanoacrylate. The solvents most frequently present in all samples were acetone, ethyl acetate, toluene and n-butyl acetate, measured in 96%, 94%, 91% and 81% of the samples, respectively. The study shows that the overall solvent exposure was low, with all measurements calculated as the additive effect (n = 70) below 20% of the OEL (arithmetic mean 0.06 and range 0.01–0.19). No statistically significant difference between sculpturing methods were observed (p = 0.05).

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The article was received on 08 Feb 2006, accepted on 22 Mar 2006 and first published on 05 Apr 2006


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B601917J
Citation: J. Environ. Monit., 2006,8, 537-542
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    Occupational exposure to airborne solvents during nail sculpturing

    M. Gjølstad, S. Thorud and P. Molander, J. Environ. Monit., 2006, 8, 537
    DOI: 10.1039/B601917J

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