Personal Appearance

Good grooming is a growing business. The number of people employed in hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, and other hair and skin care establishments has been growing faster than in other industries. According to the National Institute for Occupational Health (NIOSH), approximately 365,000 people are employed in nail salons and other personal care services in the United States. The workforce is largely female (75%) with the industry employing a large number of minority workers (46%) specifically Asian immigrants (38%).

In hair salons, one concern is indoor air quality from the various chemicals used in coloring and styling hair. In nail salons, workers can be exposed to dust and chemicals from manicure products. 



Nail Salon Resources:

NYCOSH Factsheet: Safety and Health Tips for Nail Salon Technicians (English)

NYCOSH Factsheet: Safety and Health Tips for Nail Salon Technicians (Spanish)

NYCOSH Factsheet: Safety and Health Tips for Nail Salon Technicians (Korean)

NYCOSH Factsheet: Safety and Health Tips for Nail Salon Technicians (Nepali)



Protecting the Health of Nail Salon Workers, EPA Guide

Safety and Health Hazards in Nail Salons, Hazard Alert, Oregon OSHA

Nail Salon Table Evaluation, NIOSH Science Blog 



Hair Salon Resources:

Oregon OSHA Health Alert on Brazilian Blowout (hair-straightening product)

Indoor Air in Beauty Salons and Occupational Health Exposure of Cosmetologists to Chemical Substances, Intl. Journal of Env. Research and Public Health


Initiatives
NYCOSH Offices:

New York City
61 Broadway - Suite 1710
NY, NY 10006
212-227-6440
(Fax) 212-227-9854

Long Island
150 Motor Parkway - Suite 306
Hauppauge, NY 11788
631-435-1857/1865
(Fax) 631-435-1893