A salon inspected by WorkSafe NZ and Auckland Council found the company was using a substance called methyl methacrylate to glue artificial nails onto customer’s nails.
Methacrylate is a banned, toxic substance. The fumes are known to cause drowsiness, headaches and trembling hands, and contact can cause damage to nails and irritate skin. It is also one of the main components in the manufacture of plastics.
Notes: The company was fined and $13,500 after pleading guilty to a charge laid by WorkSafe under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996.
Does your company use chemicals?
- Be sure that you are aware of what you are using – a safety data sheet (SDS) (dated within 5 years) is an essential risk management tool for all chemicals in use.
- This data sheet should record the NZ poisons centre number, and will provide details of risks and controls necessary to protect against health effects.
- The supplier is required to provide the SDS. If it is not provided on purchase, the buyer is required to request the information, or alternatively, look for the NZ data sheet on the internet.
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