Using nail products and other products several times every day can pose a risk to your health. The HSA has developed an information leaflet to provide practical advice to those working in the nail industry.

Nail products including acrylic nail liquids can cause dermatitis and allergic reactions. These can contain ethyl methacrylate (EMA) which is less hazardous than using methyl methacrylate (MMA). Products containing MMA are not recommended for nail services. Methacrylic acid primer and non-methacrylic acid primers used to prepare the nail surface for artificial nail extensions may cause skin
sensitisation and chemical burns to skin or eyes.

Exposure to liquid & powder acrylic nail systems and UV nail products can cause dermatitis. Acrylic fumes can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea and irritation. The filing of artificial nails can cause asthma. Nail services create dust that can cause wheezing and chest tightness.

Through BeSmart.ie it is possible to complete a safety statement and online risk assessment. There is also a BeSmart Top Tips information sheet on chemical safety available on their website.

Source: Health and Safety Authority – Publications

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