Understanding nail salon ventilation regulations can be a daunting task. In an article published by Nails Magazine this month, “Dust Up Over Nail Salon Air Quality“, author Sree Roy goes over the ins and outs of nail salon ventilation, regulation and implementation.
Focusing on the spike in awareness in salon ventilation after a New York Times expose, the topic of proper ventilation is now coming to the forefront of conversation in both newly opening and currently operating nails salons.
“Nail salons, new and existing, will be required to have ventilation that complies with the 2015 International Mechanical Code, a voluntary standard set by the International Code Council, an organization that devises minimum safety standards for workplaces and other spaces. There are approximately 5,000 salons in New York State. Salons that do not comply risk fines and possible loss of their license.”
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Scientist and salon industry expert Doug Schoon On Nail Salon Odors:
And, the fact many in the nail industry, think it’s inevitable that a nail salon will smell, well, like a stereotypical nail salon.
“In my opinion, it is inevitable that this incorrect attitude will change. Salon and school owners will be eventually compelled to install appropriate ventilation in beauty schools and salons. Unfortunately, that’s not the present case and OSHA is not enforcing the existing regulations. Too many salon owners are ignoring their responsibility to provide proper safety training and appropriate ventilation- even though this is a decades old requirement under federal regulation. Also unfortunately, it seems that either regulatory or legal action is the only thing that is going to change this, largely due to a poor attitude about odor and ventilation. Sooner or later, a student or nail tech is going to realize that their school didn’t properly inform them about safety education, MSDS, etc. and/or their salon owner failed to follow the federal requirements under the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard and they are going to bring legal action against their school and/or salon. A few schools will likely need to be heavily fined, and then school owners will begin to take this responsibility more seriously than many do now. Salons owners may take a bit longer for them to obey the federal regulations, but that will happen too. If you’re a school or salon owner reading this and you’re not sure what I’m talking about let me tell you… you should be very concerned! Check out my free webinar (below) that I did for the Professional Beauty Association on this very topic and take the appropriate action to ensure your school/salon is in compliance with these important safety regulations.”
To hear Doug Schoon talk about proper nail salon ventilation, please skip to the 27:00 minute mark in the video.
“Proper and appropriate ventilation is a requirement no matter which types of products you are using, including UV gels. Ventilation is NOT just to control odors, it is for control of even odorless vapors and dusts. Even pleasant smelling things can create inhalation risks, so don’t make the mistaking of thinking ventilation is only for odor control.”
“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 engineer controls to make this happen are required, of which utilizing 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 systemlike the one pictured above capable of exhausting not less than 50 cubic-feet-per-minute.