Keeping a Healthy Occupational Environment and Developing Empowerment Program (KHOE DEP): Reducing Chemical Exposures in Nail Salons

Principal Investigator:
Thu Quach, Ph.D., David O. Nelson, Ph.D., Peggy Reynolds, Ph.D.
Tung Nguyen, M.D., and Janice Tsoh, Ph.D. (University of California, San Francisco); Julia Liou, M.P.H. (Asian Health Services)
Funding Source:
National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences
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This study focuses on chemical exposures in the burgeoning nail salon industry, which has a large proportion of Vietnamese immigrant workers in California.  The overall goal is to reduce toxic chemical exposures within the salon environment to prevent health problems within this workforce. Chemical exposures are of high concern for nail salon workers who handle nail care products containing many hazardous compounds. Entitled Keeping a Healthy Occupational Environment and Developing Empowerment Project (KHOE DEP, where khoe means healthy and dep means pretty in Vietnamese), our study conducts an education intervention, training Vietnamese American nail salon owners who will then train workers in their salon on how to reduce workplace chemical exposures. To evaluate how the approach is working, we measure changes in levels of certain chemicals using personal air monitoring measurements as well as changes in knowledge, behavior and health effects.


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