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Please don't let this happen to you!
#1
Hello everyone,

I noticed some threads here about allergies/allergic reactions to products.

I want all of you to know that is extremely important that you have proper ventilation at your table-

to remove DUST particles from filing,

and remove VAPORS from liquid monomers and UV gels.

A few months ago, one of my clients (and a fellow nail professional)-

had to GIVE UP doing nails because she has "COPD"

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), also known as chronic obstructive airway disease (COAD), is a group of diseases characterized by limitation of airflow in the airway that is not fully reversible. COPD is the umbrella term for chronic bronchitis, emphysema and a range of other disorders. It is most often due to tobacco smoking[1] but can be due to other airborne irritants such as coal dust, asbestos or solvents.

***"other airborne irritants" means anything other than AIR !!!!!

She had chronic bronchitis- and suffered from pneumonia a few times last winter as well...

and she has only been doing nails for six years!!!! :cry:

I am so upset for her- she is a wonderful person, a talented nail professional-

and yet no one told her how important it was to ventilate her work space / air space.

She feels it was mostly because of using her electric file- all the dust blowing around her face and nose....

and she started doing gels a couple years ago too...

and we all know how fine the dust is from gel...

Not to mention all the vapors we deal with-

from acetone, alcohol, bleach, liquid monomer, uv gels, enamels, etc etc


I want to plead with all of you-

please
please
please

make sure you ventilate your air space.


Work safely- be careful- we all only have one set of lungs-

they are precious- - - please guard them.


**Thankfully since she stopped doing nails about three months ago- her lungs are much better- she can walk without losing her breath.... stairs aren't so hard anymore....

and did I mention...........

she's only 40? (SO young!!!)

What upsets her the most- is she had to give up her passion.. her career..

only because she was ignorant.


Please- all of you--- I do NOT want this to happen to ANYONE- to ANY OF YOU...

GUARD your lungs.



Sorry if this seems desperate or drawn out--- it just upsets me so much--

I was able to take a few of her clients on... but not all..

and we just keep saying "if she only knew..."


So now I hope all of you, my friends, KNOW.

All the best,
Melissa Pechey in MA
Licensed Nail Professional
Salon Owner

http://www.missnailpro.com
http://www.thematrixsalon.com

"My blood runneth Retention+..."

"Short Cuts Make Long Delays"
-The Hobbit
#2
Awesome post, Melissa.
Michele
#3
Thank you Michele...

I just want everyone to be safe.

All the best,
Melissa Pechey in MA
Licensed Nail Professional
Salon Owner

http://www.missnailpro.com
http://www.thematrixsalon.com

"My blood runneth Retention+..."

"Short Cuts Make Long Delays"
-The Hobbit
#4
What is proper ventalation? I have an exhaust fan and a table top air purifier with a hepa filter, but I am not very consistent with the mask. But I will be thinking twice from now on due to your post. Should we have a built in filter? Thanks for the post Melissa.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.
#5
*Yes thank you - what would you suggest as a good yet not costly air purifier etc.? I have one under my desk (Holmes Hepa type) but I'm sure it's not strong enough but with being new in the business and "trying" still to build up clientel funds are "short" :roll:
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#6
Jahaira :
> What is proper ventalation? I have an exhaust fan and a table top air purifier
> with a hepa filter, but I am not very consistent with the mask. But I will
> be thinking twice from now on due to your post. Should we have a built in
> filter? Thanks for the post Melissa.

You're very welcome Jahaira,

there are 3 types of air contaminants in the salon-

vapors,
mists,
and dusts.

Proper ventilation is designed to control all three and reduce the risk of overexposure.

Vapors come from evaporation of liquids,

mists are fine droplets of liquid created by aerosol and pump sprayers,

and dusts are particles ranging from very large (pinhead size) to nearly invisible, microscopic particles.

Luckily, these air contaminants are easily controlled-

first, this information comes from Doug Schoon's book - Nail Structure and Product Chemistry, Second Edition- which I highly recommend reading-

it is a non-product oriented book full of factual based information relative to our profession.

second-

here's a few things to consider----

*remove dust from your breathing zone (don't just 'blow it around')

*keep all product tightly sealed when not in use

*use a small dappen dish for your monomer

*empty waste containers throughout the day and before going home

*don't wipe monomer brushes on your table towel (use a disposable item)


Again, I highly recommend reading the book (actually I recommend reading the first edition, then the second) -

they cover all fact details on ventilation, and much more of course....

I don't think I can type any more- it's late & I'm tired, sorry....

glad you're going to do whatever it takes to protect yourself!! Smile


All the best,
Melissa Pechey in MA
Licensed Nail Professional
Salon Owner

http://www.missnailpro.com
http://www.thematrixsalon.com

"My blood runneth Retention+..."

"Short Cuts Make Long Delays"
-The Hobbit
#7
rusty1 :
> *Yes thank you - what would you suggest as a good yet not costly air purifier
> etc.? I have one under my desk (Holmes Hepa type) but I'm sure it's not strong
> enough but with being new in the business and "trying" still to build up clientel
> funds are "short" :roll:

Sorry Laurie- it's not really an air purifier that you want or need...

its more of a duct type vent to remove the dust from your breathing zone..

that is the most important- your breathing zone...

it's really impossible to purify air in the salon- systems remove some impurities-but not all, not even close.. It's really not necessary to purify the air- its lowering your exposure to have safe breathing air.

Since there are numerous systems available- it's hard to recommend which one is best for each of us--

for me, I have direct outdoor ventilation (done by local HVAC)- as well as WTAC units at each table http://www.wtac.com - WTAC units pull away vapors and dust... it uses charcoal activated filters (for odors from vapors) and HEPA filters - to return fresh filtered air to the salon..

Hope this helps!

All the best,
Melissa Pechey in MA
Licensed Nail Professional
Salon Owner

http://www.missnailpro.com
http://www.thematrixsalon.com

"My blood runneth Retention+..."

"Short Cuts Make Long Delays"
-The Hobbit
#8
Melissa,
Such an appropriate topic. Many techs may not even realize how much potential damage we can do to our lungs.
I am really concerned b/c I am mostly doing gels now and the dust particles are so fine. Is wearing a dust mask making a difference or helping me at all? I really love doing nails and I would hate to give it up, my heart goes out to your friend. I will be praying for her.

Cenita
#9
cenita :
> Melissa,
> Such an appropriate topic. Many techs may not even realize how much potential
> damage we can do to our lungs.
> I am really concerned b/c I am mostly doing gels now and the dust particles
> are so fine. Is wearing a dust mask making a difference or helping me at all?
> I really love doing nails and I would hate to give it up, my heart goes out
> to your friend. I will be praying for her.
>
> Cenita

Thank you Cenita,

she is doing much better thankfully--- this was difficult for me to post--

since I feel so bad that I actually have an example to use (of her)

to make everyone here aware of the importance of ventilation....

as far as masks---

make sure the mask you choose is N95-certified.

This means these masks have been tested and show to block 95 percent of the tiniest dust particles.

They are effective against invisible dusts that are 300 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair.

Since the smallest particles can be inhaled deeper into the lung, using a mask with this rating is a good idea.

This information comes from the book Nail Structure & Product Chemistry, Second Edition, by Douglas Schoon.

HTH!

All the best,
Melissa Pechey in MA
Licensed Nail Professional
Salon Owner

http://www.missnailpro.com
http://www.thematrixsalon.com

"My blood runneth Retention+..."

"Short Cuts Make Long Delays"
-The Hobbit
#10
I had a central vacuum system installed to remove the fine dut particles as I use my e-file. It worked out awesome. I get practically NO DUST!
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Great post Melissa. We all need to protect ourselves.
Gina Silvestro
Akzentz Distributor/Educator
http://www.GelEssentialz.com
Akzentz Online Store
#11
Melissa

Thanks for that post. Do you have any picture of your nail desks? Did you have to custom make them to fit the WTAC system? Is it good at sucking dust into the system and not on me or the client? Is it loud?

Thanks
Lynn Weber
Las Vegas, Nevada
http://www.myspace.com/lynnweber
#12
Laurie, I know Melissa already answered this but I wanted make a comment. When I was in the shop I just left, husband of the tax lady (the NICE neighbor LOL) came over to talk to me one time. He wanted to know more about my WTAC. He said that it was a good set up. I told him I'd started with an ionic air cleaner and he said that something like that would do virtually nothing. He said that by the time the particals get into the air it's basically too late to do anything...that you need to 'catch' them before they are all over in the air. I asked him what kind of work he did and he said, "Air quality control." LOL So I guess he would know about this kind of stuff somewhat.
Michele
#13
Melissa,

Thank you for the information and so sorry for your friend/client!! I am afraid that sooner or later that story will be mine.....so I am taking some precautions now and hoping it is not too late..... :cry:

One thing is, I am a booth renter and not sure what to do about ventilation......the table I rent is Italian style $700 and I am SURE the owner would not let me install a WTAC in it.....and I cannot afford to buy my own table AND the WTAC...... :? I am surrounded by windows and I do have an air cleaning machine (which I think is too close to me, so I shut it off).....I put a mini fan next to me to divert the dust away from me.....I am (throwing my hands up) frustrated as all heck here!!!!!! :evil:

Thanks again!
#14
Youre welcome all... and sorry for your situation Darl!!

I dont have a hole cut in my table-- tables are tempered glass--can't cut them.. so I had this "hose holder" custom made... I've used this holder for about 4 years now...

It allows me to place the hose exactly where I want it (when I'm filing)-- which is great when I am doing TOES too!!!! Big Grin

I can put the hose near their toes (lol-rhyming) and pull away the dust from filing liquid & powder or gel from their toes.....

and I lay the hose on its side, to pull vapors from my dappen dish...


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It's the greatest setup-----

and the WTAC unit (box with motor and charcoal/hepa filter) is on the floor about a foot or two away... and it's not noisy at all! 8)

HTH!

All the best,
Melissa Pechey in MA
Licensed Nail Professional
Salon Owner

http://www.missnailpro.com
http://www.thematrixsalon.com

"My blood runneth Retention+..."

"Short Cuts Make Long Delays"
-The Hobbit
#15
That is a big hose! I wish it was smaller, but I'm thinking of getting this. Looks like custom table is in my future!
Lynn Weber
Las Vegas, Nevada
http://www.myspace.com/lynnweber
#16
Lynn, I think it's slightly smaller than dryer hose.
Michele
#17
Thanks so much, Melissa!

This is something that I have been thinking about and concerned about, even though I'm just a student right now. So sorry to hear about your friend, but you may be saving many others from the same fate.

I think someone needs to patent some sort of hose-holder for the WTAC. I know for many, cutting a hole in the table just isn't an option. I also like Gina's setup with the vacuum attached to the drill, neat! Both of these seem like simple inventions someone could do well by patenting.

Right now, I am concerned about the air quality in school. My instructor has mentioned having us practice acrylic and gels in the afternoons. There are six students (2 or 3 will go out to the senior floor) in about a 10x10 room. There is only one small window up near the ceiling that, when open is about 1 ft. sq. It has no screen, and is right above the dumpster, so we started getting bees coming in and there have been squirrels in the building. Confusedhock:

Sorry, just venting a bit.
Lynn

Beautiful hands...are a pleasure to hold.
#18
Hey, I wanted to say that I really appreciate your post. One of my families only concerns with me choosing to be a Nail Tech was my lungs. For me doing artificial nails is about a total 360 from what I live and believe. I don't even use chemicals in my home to clean with, and so all the vapors and dust and chemicals involved in artificials really scares me.

My husband happens to be an HVAC Tech, I am going to speak with him about replacing the air in my salon and filtration of dust etc. Thank you so much for this post, it really is vitally important that we as Techs do not over look this. While there are many who will say that they have done fine for years without air replacement/filtration of dust, there are those who will not be that lucky. It is never a good idea to gamble with your health b/c someone gotta loose. Here's to all the tech's out there taking control of their airspace. (((((Hugs))))) to your friend. Perhaps she can continue to do manicuring and pedicuring minus the artificials.
#19
I have a small table top arm rest with at fan built in it to pull the dust away. The clients hand is directly over it and pulls almost ALL of the dust away from me and the client. Before I got it I found a small air filter at Lowe's. It's just a small table top also with a carbon and paper filter in it. I think it was around $60. It pulled away alot of the finer dust and the heavier particles fell to the table but it works wonderful for the fumes. I have it sitting just to the right of me. I'm only in the salon 3 days a week but once a week I clean it and place downy fabric sheets inside it. It pulls the fumes away and freshens the air. My salon in about 416sq feet and it works great for that size room. The brand is Hunter and they have larger ones also.
I was glad to see Melissa's post. We all need to think about our own health for the future.
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Tuff Enuff Nails
Are your nails TUFF ENUFF?
#20
*bump

I hope all have read this post and please pass it on...

All the best,
Melissa Pechey in MA
Licensed Nail Professional
Salon Owner

http://www.missnailpro.com
http://www.thematrixsalon.com

"My blood runneth Retention+..."

"Short Cuts Make Long Delays"
-The Hobbit
#21
I went to the WTAC web site, but they don't give pricing.
How much does this unit cost.
I am having some breathing problems, Short of breath, and a cough every morning when I wake up. My allergies are unreal!!

Thanks Melissa

Joyce
Joyce
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#22
Joyce :
> I went to the WTAC web site, but they don't give pricing.
> How much does this unit cost.
> I am having some breathing problems, Short of breath, and a cough every morning
> when I wake up. My allergies are unreal!!
>
> Thanks Melissa
>
> Joyce

Hello Joyce,

Sorry that youre having breathing problems :cry:

The unit is around $490-500 I believe..

yet I think someone here (Lynn Weber maybe?) mentioned on a post that right now the WTAC is backordered.. not sure though- you would need to call..

it is a GREAT unit that works AWESOME- you wouldn't believe the dust that is inside the unit when I change my filter every three months!!!

I hope you can get one- your health is most important.

All the best,
Melissa Pechey in MA
Licensed Nail Professional
Salon Owner

http://www.missnailpro.com
http://www.thematrixsalon.com

"My blood runneth Retention+..."

"Short Cuts Make Long Delays"
-The Hobbit
#23
Hey Joyce, and everyone else, check this out. May be an option.
http://www.allerairsolutions.com/portabl...eaner.html

Cherie
Creative Nail Design Master Nail Tech
Entity Advantage Member #74594
#24
They have this one too.
http://www.allerairsolutions.com/allerai...ubber.html

HTH,
Cherie
Creative Nail Design Master Nail Tech
Entity Advantage Member #74594
#25
That company that Melissa gave the link to, no longer makes the WTAC.
Joyce
Creative Nail Master Technician
Licensed Cosmetologist
Certified Body Wrap Technician
Entity Advantage Member#75079
http://www.pamperedtouchspa.com
http://www.freewebs.com/nailsbyjoyce

 
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