There is often a year-round demand for the services of nail technicians. Manicures, pedicures and other services performed at nail salons are a popular way for people to pamper themselves when they want a relaxing and indulgent experience.
However, the work is usually anything but relaxing for those who work in nail salons, whether they are here in Ohio or elsewhere. The hazards of working in this environment can cause you serious harm.
The dangers nail salon workers face
Every occupation and industry has its share of risks, and working in a nail salon is no exception. You face the following potential work-related injuries:
- You could contract an infectious disease from one of your clients. To avoid this, make sure you wash your hands thoroughly, wear gloves and avoid touching any bodily fluids.
- You could suffer aches and pains if you aren’t careful. Make sure to stretch every so often, keep your back straight by adjusting your chair, use the proper lighting and keep your client’s hands or feet elevated to a comfortable level for you.
- You could suffer ill effects from the chemicals used in the salon. Make sure adequate fresh air circulates throughout the salon with fans, or by opening doors and windows.
Your employer should provide you with the equipment you need in order to avoid the injuries above, along with the appropriate training. If you notice you are hurting or not feeling well, stop and report it to your employer. The longer you wait to do something about it, the worse the situation could become. Instead of only missing out on a day or two of work, you could end up missing much more work, depending on the situation.
What happens if you are ill or receive an injury?
If you do end up suffering from a work-related injury or illness, you may be able to apply for workers’ compensation benefits to cover your medical and medical-related expenses and a portion of your income while you are unable to work. However, the application process does not always go as smoothly as it should.
You may benefit from seeking out some assistance in order to help ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible. Depending on your situation, you may also have the right to additional benefits. To gain an understanding of your rights and to obtain a better understanding of your options, you could discuss the matter with an Ohio workers’ compensation attorney.