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RE: Potential Health Effects from Nail Salon Chemicals



An anecdotal observation makes me think that the suspect chemicals at nail
salons go beyond acetone. If you go sit in one of those places, the noxious
smell is very different from the smell of acetone alone.  

If you're wanting to dig into the topic, it would be useful to look through
the preamble or background document for OSHAs air contaminant rule (29 CFR
1910.1000) to see what substances they say are found in salons & whether
they have any health data. The FR notice is available on the OSHA website--
www.OSHA.gov . 


Melissa Malkin Weber

Research Triangle Institute
POB 12194
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 USA
(919) 541 6154
http://www.rti.org
http://www.rti.org/units/ese/p2/ppb.cfm

 



-----Original Message-----
From: Snyder, Mark [mailto:mark.snyder@moea.state.mn.us]
Sent: Friday, January 19, 2001 2:05 PM
To: p2tech@great-lakes.net; 'Weiler.Edward@epamail.epa.gov'
Subject: RE: Potential Health Effects from Nail Salon Chemicals


My suspicion is that it has to do with the use of acetone in applying
acrylic nails.  Questions were raised here in Minnesota about the disposal
of waste acetone after a county hazardous waste inspector learned about some
salons that were disposing of it down the drain.  The discussion also
brought up the issue of health effect of acetone fume inhalation for
customers and employees.

I posted a question about this to P2Tech back in June 2000 - unfortunately,
no real conclusions on what to do about it were reached.

Sincerely,

Mark Snyder
Pollution Prevention Specialist
Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance
mark.snyder@moea.state.mn.us

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> From:
Weiler.Edward@epamail.epa.gov[SMTP:Weiler.Edward@epamail.epa.gov]
> Reply To: 	Weiler.Edward@epamail.epa.gov
> Sent: 	Friday, January 19, 2001 12:42 PM
> To: 	p2tech@great-lakes.net
> Subject: 	Potential Health Effects from Nail Salon Chemicals
> 
> 
> Typically  on Fridays here at EPA, I get calls for which I do not have a
clue.  Today is no exception.  Is anyone aware of a systematic  look at the
chemicals that are commonly used in nail salons?   The specific application
that prompted the incoming call was "acrylic applications."  (I hope I have
that right). 
> 
> Please reply either to P2 Tech, or to: Ed Weiler (weiler.edward@epa.gov).
Thank you. 
>