Healthy Air Chemical Source Capture System – The Most Advanced System for Keratin Treatment Ventilation

Aerovex Systems Chemical Source Capture System with new Healthy Air™ technology is designed specifically to remove formaldehyde vapors from the breathing zone of hair stylist’s performing keratin hair smoothing services.

We have consulted with hundreds of professional cosmetologists and incorporated their input into our new Chemical Source Capture System.  Highly effective, affordable, extremely user friendly, and yes, quiet!  The next generation of salon ventilation has arrived!

Joining forces with Healthy Air™ technologies, we have created the most powerful and advanced Chemical Source Capture System designed for salon chemical fume extraction.  Healthy Air™ technology eliminates formaldehyde and chemical vapors in keratin hair smoothing treatments and other hair chemical services.                                            

The new Chemical Source Capture System with Healthy Air™ technology is uniquely designed to combine eHEPA technology with advanced activated carbon filtration.

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

Healthy Air™ 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 odors.

Say goodbye to watery eyes, itchy throat and all the other sensory irritations that come with performing Brazilian keratin treatments!

For more information on this cutting edge salon technology go to  aerovexsystems.com or call 1-800-288-2023 today!

 

 

 

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.

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 Explains How Source Capture Ventilation Allows a Safe Working Salon Environment

 

 “Source capture ventilation” (SCV) is designed to capture salon chemical vapors and dusts at or near its source, protecting the technicians’ or stylists’ “Breathing Zone”,  (which is an invisible two foot sphere in front of you and your client’s mouth from which we draw every breath). SCV also prevents dispersing of contaminants into the 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. Both dusts and vapors must be properly controlled. SVC systems do both, which is why I fully support their use in salons.

Nail techs who overexpose themselves to strong odors for long periods can develop a condition called “olfactory fatigue”, which means your nose/brain gets tired of smelling the strong odor, so the brain begins to ignore it. Then you can’t smell odors that others can smell easily. Eventually, this can begin to adversely affect your sense of taste, as well.”

“In the US, it is a legal requirement that salons must have proper ventilation because workers must be provided with a safe working environment. The necessary engineering controls to make this happen are required. Utilizing additional ventilation is always a good choice.”

The 2012 International Mechanical Building Code (IMC), states: Nail stations in nail salons must be provided with a source capture system capable of exhausting not less than 50 cubic-feet-per-minute.

“Use of ceiling fans, opening windows and air conditioning, although they do circulate air and will reduce concentrations of salon chemical vapors, mists and dust, are not proper salon ventilation control measures.”

Use of appropriate ventilation is necessary in the salon to control vapors and minimize the potential for “sensory irritation” and adverse health reactions. Salons that are not equipped with the appropriate ventilation needed to prevent sensory irritation should NOT provide these services until the situation is corrected. Proper ventilation that is appropriate for the services being performed is VERY important for both the client and salon professional. The best way to prevent clients’ and stylists’ overexposure to formaldehyde vapors is to use local source capture ventilation. As stated by the Professional Keratin Smoothing Council, www.pksc.org, in its, Oct. 2011 press release:

Aerovex Systems, one of our founding members, is the developer of a hair salon source capture ventilation system, which provides a premiere example of “appropriate” salon ventilation equipment. Such equipment is useful for many types of salon services, including keratin hair smoothing, and can offer an extra layer of protection to help ensure the safety of clients and cosmetologists”.

 

Proper Ventilation: A Hot Topic In The Salon Industry

Hair stylists are exposed to airborne chemical contaminants on a daily basis.  The salon industry is notorious for having improper ventilation in place to protect salon workers from overexposure to salon chemical vapors, mists and dusts.  An incomplete understanding of both salon ventilation control measures and OSHA regulatory requirements are factors which often contribute to respiratory illness of hair stylists who are exposed to airborne chemical contaminants on a daily basis.  Recent advancements in salon ventilation technologies have been introduced to the salon industry, which when used and maintained properly, can allow salon workers to provide all types of salon chemical services in a safe working environment without compromising their health.

 

There are two types of ventilation:

Source capture ventilation is designed to capture salon chemical vapors and dusts at or near its source, protecting the hair stylists’ breathing zone, and preventing inhalation of, or dispersing of contaminants into the salon air.

The system pictured above shows an example of source capture ventilation supplemented by a whole salon air purifier (bottom right)

General exhaust ventilation (also called dilution ventilation) is different from source capture ventilation because instead of capturing emissions at their source and removing them from the air, general exhaust ventilation allows the chemical vapors & dusts to be emitted into the salon air and breathing zone of the hair stylist, and then possibly inhaled into the cosmetologist’s respiratory system.  General ventilation then dilutes the concentration of contaminants to an acceptable level.

Salon ventilation has become a hot topic with the introduction of keratin hair smoothing services.  Formaldehyde vapors are released into the air when heat is applied during blow drying and flat ironing of the hair, as well as during application of keratin hair smoothing products which contain formaldehyde releasing ingredients.  Repeated overexposure to formaldehyde vapors can cause “sensory irritation”, (i.e. burning / watery eyes, scratchy throat and runny nose).  Other symptoms may include difficulty breathing, occupation-related asthma and other related skin allergic sensitivity.  To avoid this overexposure, proper salon ventilation is vital.

How Formaldehyde is Released and Keeping Your Salon Safe with Local Source Capture Ventilation

 

When heated, methylene glycol creates formaldehyde vapors.  Hair stylists and salon owners are starting to understand this fact.

The days of “formaldehyde free” claims being placed on product labels which contain formaldehyde releasers and neglecting the necessity for proper ventilation are over.  For example, every bottle of Brazilian Blowout now has a bright sticker affixed to it clearly stating that the treatment needs to be performed in a well ventilated area and to be used as directed.

The caution on the bottle now reads:

“This product contains methylene glycol.  When heated this product releases formaldehyde.  Use in a well-ventilated area and only as directed.”

Formaldehyde vapors are released when high heat is applied during blow drying, product application, and flat ironing.  The best way to prevent clients’ and stylists’ overexposure to formaldehyde vapors is to use local source capture ventilation, as stated by the Professional Keratin Smoothing Council’s  Oct. 2011 press release:

Aerovex Systems, one of our founding members, is the developer of a hair salon source capture ventilation system, which provides a premiere example of “appropriate” salon ventilation equipment.  Such equipment is useful for many types of salon services, including keratin hair smoothing, and can offer an extra layer of protection to help ensure the safety of clients and cosmetologists.”

All of the names listed below are listed under OSHA’s formaldehyde standard or can release formaldehyde when subjected to certain conditions (such as the high heat involved in a hair smoothing treatments).  OSHA has provided a list of what it calls “synonyms” for formaldehyde:

Methylene glycol

Formalin

Methylene oxide

Paraform

Formic aldehyde

Methanal

Oxomethane

Oxymethylene

Timonacic acid

Thiazolidinecarboxylic acid

Research Begins On The Effectiveness Of Source Capture Ventilation Systems For Use In Nail Salons

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) currently has a research project to examine the effectiveness of different source capture ventilation systems (SCVS) units for use in nail salons, including downdraft vented nail tables and portable SCVS received from developers, manufacturers, distributors, or vendors (see the Federal Register NoticeRight-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet. External Web Site Icon). Summarized results of the research and recommendations from NIOSH will be shared with salon workers, salon owners, and the public with the hope of providing valuable information for maximizing salon ventilation effectiveness.