The New York Times recently came out with a report that outlines the dangers nail salon employees endure. Among the worst offenses is the quality of the air in the salon. Many resort to masks and rubber gloves as a barrier to being affected by airborne contaminants. This is an awful idea.
First, the masks don’t work. They are intended as a protection to the environment against the air its wearer exhales, and are not very good at protecting the wearer from inhaling what is outside the mask.
If you can get employees to wear them all day, the gloves do much better until you get to your bottom line. How comfortable is it for your customers to be exposed to chemicals that your nail professional dare not touch? Add the mask that lets customers know that the air you expose them to is also dangerous, and you are unlikely to see those customers ever again.
The only real solution is to purify the air they all breathe. Before they observe the masks and gloves, customers smell your environment. If they smell the chemicals, they will want to shorten their stay as much as possible. There goes your up-selling and addition product opportunities, no matter the quality of your work. That is, if they don’t just turn and leave immediately.
Let them come into a salon that smells fresh. They can see unmasked workers who don’t show the effects of a day of chemical exposure. A far more pleasant experience. They will stay longer, because they don’t mind doing so, and your new employees, who would head to other opportunities otherwise make them feel good about their visit.
Your labor costs go down, and your revenues go up. And now, you stay within the legally required ppm of airborne contaminants your state demands.