Hair or beauty salon
This information is for people that work in beauty salons, such as hairdressers, beauticians and nail artists. It gives information on things in the workplace that could damage the lungs and advice on how to protect them.
What are the hazards?
These are some of the hazards you may come into contact with at work.
Hairsprays and setting lotions often include volatile organic chemicals (e.g. toluene, ethanol, isopropanol, ether, diaminotoluene, phenylenediamine).
Dyes, bleaches and perming mixes might contain ammonia, ammonium persulfates, hydrogen peroxide, and organic pigments.
Nail products and glues
Liquids and powders used to create artificial nails, as well as glues and the dust fillings, may be harmful to the lungs.
- Benzalkonium chloride (quaternary ammonium compound) – found in disinfectants and cleaners for floors and hard surfaces
- Chlorine-based agents (sodium hypochlorite) – the main ingredient in bleach
- Some scents within cleaning products such as limonene, which gives products a citrus smell
- Isothiazolinones – used in some washing up liquids and laundry washing liquids
Smoking is the biggest risk factor for lung conditions like COPD and lung cancer
If you smoke, you will be at a much higher risk of developing a lung condition.