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Definition of Local Exhaust

  1. Ventilation system that collects vapors and dust right at their source. Most nail products’ MSDS specifically specify the need for local exhaust. General or mechanical exhaust is different in that they draw air toward a general circulation system in the room (such as an exhaust fan or room air cleaner). While general exhaust is helpful, it simply is not enough proper ventilation to protect the nail tech’s health over the life of her career. Please see the “Safety” section in this website for more information on exhaust systems, as well as tips for designing and building an efficient local exhaust. Note: Vented nail tables are a step in the right direction toward local exhaust, however, unless they are vented outside, or have their filters cleaned/changed daily, (not to mention that the vent should not be covered with a towel), they will not be strong enough to trap airborne dust and vapors before they pass through your breathing zone.

Added to the Nail Glossary on November 10, 2016

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