Professional Beauty Association ('PBA') is a non-profit, trade association that has, in various forms, for over 100 years, represented manufacturers, distributors, and salons, with an exclusive focus on the professional, salon industry. PBA membership includes the leading manufacturers and distributors of professional-use, salon cosmetic products, representing about ninety percent (90%) of the products sold in the salon industry.
In 1990, PBA sponsored the creation of the Nail Manufacturer Council on Safety ("NMC"). The NMC comprises the leading manufacturers of nail care products sold to, and used in, professional salons. NMC members cooperate with the association to assure the dissemination of education, training, and technical information concerning nail care products. Through the NMC, PBA seeks to build a model of intra-industry cooperation for the safe and environmentally sound delivery of nail care products. The NMC, like PBA, has been active in working with international, federal, and state bodies to maintain high professional standards and ensure the safety of industry professionals and their customers, as well as the communities they serve.
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Photobiological Safety Evaluation of UV Nail Lamps
Dowdy, J. C. and Sayre, R. M. (2013), Photobiological Safety Evaluation of UV Nail Lamps. Photochemistry and Photobiology, 89: 961-967. doi: 10.1111/php.12075
We evaluated six UV nail lamps representative of major US manufacturers to evaluate radiant hazards as defined in ANSI/IESNA RP-27 Recommended Practice for Photobiological Safety. Lamps were evaluated at three positions, 1 cm above the inner surface approximating exposure to the hand and the 20 cm RP-27 non-general light source distance, oriented normal and 45° °. Hazard to skin at intended use distance classified these devices into Risk Group 1 or 2 (Low to Moderate) with S(λ) weighted Actinic UV ranging 1.2-1.7 μW cm-² and 29.8-276.25 min permissible daily exposure. At 20 cm on center and 45° UV risk to skin and eyes were all within Exempt classification. Actinic UV ranged 0.001-0.078 μW cm-² and unweighted near UV (320-400 nm) ranged 0.001-0.483 mW cm-². Likewise the retinal photochemical blue light hazard and retinal thermal and cornea/lens IR were also Exempt. One device had aphakic eye hazard slightly rising into Risk Group 1 (Low). There were no other photobiological risks to normal individuals. Total exposure following programmed times and steps accumulate to only a small fraction of RP-27 permissible daily occupational exposure. These risks are further mitigated in realistic nonoccupational use scenarios as it is unlikely to be a daily occurrence.
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