Leaning over a work table for a long time; repetitive movements like filing and buffing nails; and resting hands, wrists, and forearms and/or elbows against hard surfaces or sharp edges of work tables are common causes of injury to workers' muscles, bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. These common causes are often called ergonomic hazards and can lead to aches and pains that workers may feel while at work or at home. Ergonomics is the study of the work environment to make work more comfortable and efficient. Good ergonomic practices can reduce stress to the body and avoid hazards that may cause aches and pains.
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Resources on How to Prevent Ergonomic Hazards and Protect Your Health
General Information on Nail Salon Safety and Health
Help for Nail Salon Owners and Employers
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