The Nail Salon Industry is Booming

The nail salon industry is booming; the number of nail salon workers has tripled over the last ten years to more than 500,000 workers. Like drycleaners, nail salons are frequently located in store fronts or strip malls. Many times nail salons are built-out in previous occupied tenant space without adapting the HVAC system for the vast variety of chemicals used.

Headline: Nail Salon Chemicals Worry Health Officials!

Most nail salon workers are young females who work long days inhaling chemicals and also contact chemicals which are absorbed through the skin. In general, these chemicals are not regulated by the FDA and contain VOCs or solvents within the cosmetic products they apply or use to remove previously applied cosmetics. These vapors, as well as dusts, are generated close to the breathing zone of the workers and customers.

Inhalation exposure to these chemicals are proven to cause ocular and upper respiratory irritation and central nervous system effects such as headache, nausea, and dizziness. Source Capture Ventilation eliminates chemical vapor inhalation by exhausting the technicians breathing zone and prevents vapors and odors from escaping into the salon air or migrating into the air of adjacent tenants.

To avoid spreading chemical vapors to neighboring businesses, nail salons should not share the same ventilation system with another business and should be under negative air pressure in relation to adjacent spaces. To maintain negative pressure, the salon should exhaust slightly more air than is supplied so that any leakage of vapors will not enter adjacent businesses.

 

 

1. Right-to-know training for workers to communicate the risk of products used. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) must be reviewed by ownership with their employees and copies maintained on-site.

2. Substitution of less toxic, volatile products during purchasing. 30 states have restricted or banned the use of liquid methyl methacrylate monomer; an ingredient used in some artificial nail products.

3. Providing adequate general ventilation of at least 25 CFM outside air per person in the work space. The nail salon must not share a common HVAC system or duct work with another tenant space.

4. *Installation of source capture ventilation systems at the manicure and pedicure stations. Special attention must also be focused on where products are mixed. A whole room salon air purifier designed specifically to remove salon vapors/odors and nail dust should be used to cleanse the salon air.

5. Installation of filters designed specifically to remove formaldehyde and other salon vapors and dusts from the building’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning system are strongly recommended. A building’s ventilation system, whether in a strip mall or a stand-alone structure, is called the HVAC system. This stands for Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning. This is your first line of attack. The HVAC system brings fresh air to the salon and pushes it from one room to another.

To avoid spreading chemical vapors to neighboring businesses, nail salons should not share the same ventilation system with another business and should be under negative air pressure in relation to adjacent spaces. To maintain negative pressure, the salon should exhaust slightly more air than is supplied so that any leakage of vapors will not enter adjacent businesses.

 

 

This system needs to be professionally maintained by a specialist. The specialist will change the filters, and properly balance and clean the system every year. An HVAC system removes mold, mildew, dust, etc., providing relatively fresh air to a building. Most salons are only using residential, standard HVAC fiberglass filters, which are inadequate for the removal of salon specific chemical vapors and dust. Special Salon HVAC filters are available which have an increased dust holding capacity and are composed of rinse-able layers of electrostatic polypropylene grids that collect and trap dust. Designed specifically for salons these filters are composed of an interchangeable activated carbon panels which captures and removes salon specific chemical vapors. Source capture ventilation, room air purifiers and HVAC filters designed specifically for removing salon vapors, mists and dusts have been developed and are highly effective for improving salon air quality.

6. Dispensing products in small containers with openings just large enough for the application brush. Keep lids on product containers sealed during non-use.
7. Discarding waste properly and promptly. Chemical-soaked gauze pads and cotton balls should be placed in a sealed bag before dispensing of them in a metal trash can. The lid should be self-closing and the trash can liner changed at least daily. Proper storage of chemicals.

8. Frequent washing of hands. Nitrile safety gloves should be worn that are resistant to solvents. Latex gloves do not protect against solvent exposure.

9. Good personal hygiene by workers including no eating, drinking or smoking at their work stations or near stored chemicals.

10. Checking the pressure differential between the nail salon and adjacent tenant space. The nail salon should be at negative pressure in relation to the adjacent space. Walls separating the salon from other business should have no holes, gaps and cracks (including above the drop ceiling).

11. Reviewing ventilation discharge points from the nail salon for potential re-circulation of solvent vapors in adjacent tenant HVAC systems or windows/doors.

12. Disposal of unwanted nail polish, waste acetone and other solvent/chemical waste products as hazardous waste. Acetone and other waste products must not be poured down the sink or toilet or put into general trash.

*According to internationally known salon industry scientist and chemist, Doug Schoon:
“If you are working with a source capture ventilation system (SCV); you don’t want or need to use a face mask. Even a high quality, properly fitting N-95 dust mask won’t work as well as a source capture ventilation system. Why? When properly fitted, an N-95 dust mask WILL protect against inhalation of tiny airborne dust particles, but NOT vapors. SCV systems prevent exposure by collecting both dusts and vapors- keeping both out of the nail technician’s breathing zone and salon air.

When properly maintained and the carbon filters are changed regularly, SCV systems are a great way to help ensure salon air quality remains safe and everyone is breathing comfortably during working hours. Several dust collecting systems are great too and in general, I do recommend their use in salons. Even so, dust collection systems should be used in conjunction with another ventilation system which lowers exposure to vapors. Both dusts and vapors must be properly controlled. SVC systems do both, which is why I fully support their use in salons.”
LANDLORDS….
Acetone, other nail polish removers and nail polishes are flammable. The aforementioned controls are also essential to minimize potential fire hazards. Fire department regulations vary from city to city including how much flammable liquid you are allowed to store at your business and if you are required to store flammables in a fireproof cabinet.

 

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Aerovex Systems is a proud supporter of World Bicycle Relief and their efforts to transform individuals and their communities through the Power of Bicycles.  In doing so we can envision a world where distance no longer prevents access to healthcare, education and economic opportunity.

To learn more about World Bicycle Relief check out the video below or visit their website.

 

 

 

 

Healthy Air™ Source Capture Systems for Nail Salons Offer State of the Art Filtration

Aerovex Systems’ Nails Source Capture System with new Healthy Air ™ Technology is the next generation in nail salon ventilation technology. Our new portable air ventilation system is built to protect the breathing zones of nail technicians and prevent overexposure to monomer, acetone, and associated acrylic vapors and dusts.

Joining forces with Healthy Air™ technologies, we have created the most powerful and advanced Nails Source Capture System designed for salon chemical fume extraction.

The new Nails Source Capture System with Healthy Air™ technology is uniquely designed, combining eHEPA technology with advanced activated carbon filtration.

Recommended for removing all nails services chemical vapors, odors & dust: Including—but not limited to—ethyl methacrylate (EMA), titanium dioxide, benzoyl peroxide, methacrylic acid, polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), acetone, gel & acrylic nail dust.

Healthy Air ™ combines an advanced eHEPA technology with advanced activated carbon filtration to capture submicron airborne nail dust particles as well as microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, mold and fungi, with efficiencies exceeding standard HEPA grade filters.

Healthy Air™ technology also utilizes an advanced activated carbon filter in combination with an energy field to provide sufficient dwell time to effectively adsorb / decompose salon chemical vapors and odor.

Features Include:

  • Available with One or Two Exhaust arms for user with multiple tables
  • eHEPA Filter For Removing the Finest Nail Dust Particles – Advanced Chemical Adsorption & Catalytic Oxidation
  • 3 Speed High Flow Fan
  • Electronic Control Panel with Remote Wireless Controls
  • Easy & Convenient Filter Access
  • Pre-filter for Dust Particles
  • Activated Carbon Filter to aid hazardous chemical removal
  • Optional rectangle extraction hood to lay flat on table
  • Notification for filter change
  • Portable with wheels for easy relocation
  • Exceeds OSHA requirements
  • Available in Black or White
  • Quiet Operation Noise (dB) at 6 ft. (Setting: High/56 Medium/52 Low/51)

3 Weeks of Use with the Healthy Air Nails Source Capture with Nail Technician, Educator, and Author Ruth Windsor

Source capture ventilation is the most effective way to control nail dust and odor in today’s modern nail salons.  With the release of new Healthy Air technology, Aerovex Systems offers the state of the art in nail salon ventilation.

Every Healthy Air Source Capture System utilizes patented eHEPA technology in combination with advanced activated carbon filtration to trap, adsorb, and decompose pollutants at the source.

But don’t take our word for it, read what long time nail technician, author and educator Ruth Windsor has to say about the Healthy Air Nails Source Capture System from Aerovex.  Thanks Ruth!

 

Week 1

Got to use my Healthy Air System to with a guest. I did a re-white and it truly lives up to its promise. It was quiet, sucked up dust and vapors. I am booked tomorrow and will see how that goes, but I am really impressed right now. I was so amazed watching the dust just being sucked right into the hose. Thank you Jeff Cardarella and Aerovex Systems for making a great machine and helping protect my health.   – Ruth Windsor

 

 

Week 2

I have finished the second week of testing my new Aerovex Systems Source Capture System with Healthy Air Technology. Thursday was my busy day and usually on Friday after breathing in the dust and vapors I am sneezing, eyes watering, and just feel miserable and my day is wasted spent on the couch and popping antihistamines. Not this week, I was feeling great and was able to get so much done. Then I worked today for 5 hours and still feel great. I have a couple clients that wear Backscratchers Extreme and normally breathing in the vapors would aggravate my nose and eyes, but nothing.  I barely could smell it at all. And if you work like me I am all over/on top of my work space. I even used it while doing a pedicure, not so much for the vapor aspect, but to see how it would work. Dust be gone while using the hand file and the electric file. Minimal dust and no vapors it was definitely worth the investment. Stay tuned to this channel more to come.  – Ruth Windsor

 

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Week 3

I have a small 8×11 room and yes, it is packed (over packed) with my many treasures. And, here is my week 3 update. No allergy issues and still no antihistamines. I am very impressed with this fact alone; as it helps me to live and have a better quality of my days. As you can see I have a lot of equipment and with the way my room is set up, I have placed my system to the left of my station. I am right handed and my tools are on my right – having it to the left doesn’t over crowd me. Also, having it here allows me to also use it when doing my pedicures and I don’t have to rearrange my room/setup. The hose is long enough so that I can use it overhead when filing or lay it on the table when I am doing tasks like shortening or re-whites.

The flexibility of the hose is an awesome bonus. The dust compared to what I use to get to the little that is shown below now is what makes this the second best feature.   Doug Schoon has preached to us for many years about protecting our breathing space and I may be a day late and a dollar short, but I am now on the band wagon and kicking myself for not doing it sooner. If you are not protecting yours – invest in your health and safety now.  – Ruth Windsor

 

 



	

Why Choose Aerovex?

For over 25 years Aerovex Systems has been dedicated to making the air you breathe better.  As a founding member of the Professional Keratin Smoothing Council, Aerovex Systems has been a leader in promoting proper ventilation in both hair and nail salon environments, focusing on proper keratin hair smoothing ventilation and source capture ventilation for nail salon dust and odor.

Most recently Aerovex Systems has teamed up with Healthy Air, Inc. in developing state of the art source capture systems for both keratin treatments and nail salon applications.

So why choose Aerovex?  The answer is simple…

Source Capture Ventilation Key to Proper Keratin Straightening Treatments

 

 


Dependable keratin hair-smoothing/straightening companies will state “use proper salon ventilation during the entire hair smoothing service” in their manufacturer’s instructions and training manuals.  Many salon owners are unaware that to fully protect the stylist, client & salon environment, they need a “chemical source capture system” to provide proper ventilation.

I’ve asked numerous salon owners and stylists what type of ventilation they provide for their keratin hair straightening services, and they usually report using fans & opening windows/doors.  Some report only doing these services at night so their other clients aren’t subject to the fumes/vapors. New ventilation technologies and systems have been developed specifically for salons that offer keratin hair smoothing/straightening services. These systems will help salon owners to comply with current and potentially more restrictive OSHA requirements.  

A salon “chemical source capture system” protects the stylist and client’s breathing zone. An effective salon air purifier will cleanse the air in the stylist’s workstation area & circulate fresh air throughout the salon. Special filters are available which are designed to remove salon vapors/odors & dusts from the buildings’ HVAC system. The bonus is that salons using these innovative salon ventilation control measures and systems will also benefit from the reduction of vapors/odors & dusts created from providing a range of chemical services, including color, bleach, artificial nail services and hair removal.

Welcome September and Breathe In Beauty!

“The One That Works” Salon Air Purifier will help you to maintain a healthy and comfortable environment for your valued nail technicians, hair stylists, salon staff and clientele. It is the only air purifier in production today designed specifically for the professional salon environment. In fact, “The One That Works” Salon Air Purifier has received Nails Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award for Ventilation Systems for the past 8 years running, 2005 through 2012!

Aerovex System’s “The One That Works” Salon Air Purifier Will Help Your Salon Meet Current and Future Potentially More Restrictive OSHA, EPA and Municipal Clean Air Standards!

Our exclusive “Fountain Airflow” technology replaces unpleasant air with clean, healthy air every 10-15 minutes.

Unique “Fountain Airflow” circulates up to 600 cubic feet of clean air per minute throughout the salon, while removing chemical vapors, NAIL DUST, other salon dust debris and bacteria.

In celebration of our new Breath In Beauty campaign we are rolling out a very special offer – The One That Works for only $549.00!

Call 1-800-288-2023 or visit our website today!

 

 

 

Patented Healthy Air Technology Now Available in Aerovex Systems’ Chemical Source Capture Systems

Healthy Air TM technology protects the hair stylist’s & their client’s breathing zone by removing formaldehyde fumes and chemical vapors, odors and dusts produced during keratin hair smoothing treatments, at their source.

Dr. Karim Zahedi and a team of scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA, developed the fundamental technology incorporated into the Healthy Air TM system.

Aerovex Systems and Healthy Air Inc. have worked together to design the completely new Healthy Air TM source capture system based on an enhanced HEPA technology, referred to as eHEPA.  The high energy field raises the capture efficiency and adsorption of keratin smoothing formaldehyde fumes and other salon chemical vapors and odors. This process also captures and decomposes airborne germs and viruses, while extending the useful life of the filter to four times longer than a HEPA filter.

eHepa and activated carbon filtration in combination with an energy field, holds pathogens, chemical vapors and odors in the filter longer so they can be adsorbed and decomposed. The end result is a system that removes the dangerous fumes from the breathing zone and then effectively captures them on filtration media, providing a cleaner and healthier air for salons.

This technology is exclusive to Aerovex Systems and not available in other source capture ventilation systems.

Now for the first time salons can remove germs and pathogens from your breathing zone and salon air along with chemical vapors and dusts produced during any hair salon chemical service.

 

The Chemical Source Capture System with Healthy Air Technology features a clear hood and easy to change plug and play filter system

Key features of the “Healthy Air” Chemical Source Capture System include:

·  Protects stylist’s & client’s “breathing zone”

·  Cleans the air from chemicals and particles

·  New eHEPA™ technology combines the use of a high energy field with   traditional HEPA filtration process

·  Enhanced activated carbon filtration

·  Electronic control panel with remote control

·  Newly designed clear hood with LED lighting

·  Sturdier, solid ergonomic design

·  Quiet: approx. 58 dBa at 6 feet

·  Notification for filter change

·  Portable with wheels for easy relocation

·  Exceeds OSHA requirements

For more information on how to protect you and your clients breathing zones  call 1.800.288.2023 or go to www.aerovexsystems.com

 

 

 

Doug Schoon Presents the Top Ten Myths Related to Artificial Nails

Myths.  They are all around us.  Whether it be urban legend or something that is related to our everyday life, it is important to dispel fiction from facts.  This is especially important when it comes to things that you deal with everyday life and affect you directly, like your profession.

Doug Schoon, scientist and internationally known expert on the nail salon industry has laid out 10 popular myths related to artificial nails that will help modern nail technicians separate fact from fiction.  Highlighted in this post is myth number 9 on Mr. Schoon’s list, “You should wear a mask when you do nails”.

Click Here To Read Doug's Article

When proper measures are taken, such as using a source capture ventilation system in your salon, nail dust masks are not necessary.  By using these systems you capture the dust and vapor at the source of the problem, not allowing them to migrate into the salon air.  Masks might work well for stopping dust, but have no effect on stopping harmful vapors from entering your body.  Source capture systems take in this harmful vapor where the work is being done and capture them in a thick bed of activated carbon.

Check out this myth and others here as stated by Mr. Schoon here.

 

 

Aerovex Systems Celebrates 25 years in business!

   

2013 marks Aerovex Systems’ 25th year in business!  We have been privileged to solve salon air contamination issues while always continuing to develop innovative products to provide a healthy & fresh salon air environment.

We’ve worked closely with Doug Schoon to develop & scientifically test ventilation systems to protect the respiratory health of nail technicians & hair stylists.  Controlling salon vapors & dusts for all salon chemical services is our expertise!  If you are aware of salon professionals who might benefit from our air quality consultation, please provide them with our website link: http://www.aerovexsystems.com/

Would you please help Aerovex Systems continue to advocate for a fresh air salon environment? Simply “like” Aerovex Systems Facebook page, and help us to build our audience.  We are attempting to reach 500 likes by 5-1-13.  

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Thank you!

Jeff Cardarella, Owner

Aerovex Systems