BOFA Pure Beauty, BOFA International Ltd are market leaders in fume extraction and filtration with unrivalled expertise in the development and production of the latest solutions for a wide variety of industries.

Why Use Fume Extraction? Extraction is extremely important if you are using or are in contact with any of the hazardous substances.

Problem Products

Problem Products

Numerous products used in Beauty Salons contain a variety of chemicals that may be potentially harmful to the health of employees and customers alike, as well as damaging to the environment.

The health risks associated with BKT (Brazilian Keratin Hair Treatments) have been well documented in the media. Until now a practical solution has not been available. The Pure Beauty BKT offers a solution that requires no fixed installation, is cost effective and allows the stylist to work freely yet safely.

Extraction is extremely important if you are using or are in contact with any of the hazardous substances below:

  • Solvent Based Products
  • Hardeners
  • Drying Agents
  • Curing Agents
  • MMA (Methyl Methacrylate)
  • Nail Dus

Chemicals from all these sources can be particularly hazardous as they become airbourne quickly and so are more easily inhaled by technicians and customers.

The acrylics (in particular Methyl Methacrylate: or MMA) used to create nail extensions are considered to be particularly hazardous.

Long term exposure to MMA can cause damage to the respiratory system and the liver.

Dust created by filing and shaping nails can contain an array of different bacterias, including benzoyl peroxide, silica and methecrylate polymers.

Quick-dry nail sprays, nail varnishes and removers can all contain toxic fumes.

If you are using any of these products within your salon, it is essential to use some sort of extraction system to remove the chemicals from the air.

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Health Implications

Health Implications

The list below shows some of the symptoms linked with chemicals present in nail products:

  • Headaches, dizziness, drowsiness.
  • Irritation to eyes, skin, nose, mouth, throat and lungs.
  • Weakness, exhaustion, confusion.
  • Loss of appetite, innability to sleep.
  • Asthma.
  • Heart rate elevation.
  • Skin rashes, fever or chills.
  • Nausea and vomiting.

If your salon does not have adequate ventilation, both your employees and customers could be susceptible to any of the above symptoms. Fume extraction can help with alleviating most of the above symptoms.

Headache. Sore Eyes. Lungs. Liver.

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Laws and Regulations

Laws and Regulations

As well as wanting to create a fresh smelling and relaxing environment for their clients, employers and owners of beauty salons also have a legal duty to their employees when it comes to putting their health at risk.

There are four main acts that should be considered. Bofa Pure Beauty has been designed to work effectively under the guidelines of each one:

  • Health and Safety at Work Act (1974)
  • The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1999)
  • The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH)
  • Code of Practice for Nail Salons

Health & Safety at Work Act (1974):

An Act to make further provision for securing the health, safety and welfare of persons at work, for protecting others against risks to health or safety in connection with the activities of persons at work, for controlling the keeping and use and preventing the unlawful acquisition, possession and use of dangerous substances, and for controlling certain emissions into the atmosphere....

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1999):

Generally makes more explicit what employers are required to do to manage health and safety under the above act. This specifically requires an assessment of the risks that the main activities of the business exposes employees and customers to and a subsequent implementation of reasonable control measures to eliminate or reduce those risks.

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH):

Using chemicals or other hazardous substances at work can put people's health at risk. So the law requires employers to control exposure to hazardous substances to prevent ill health.

If it is identified through a COSHH risk assessment process that employees are being, or are likely to be, exposed to respiratory or skin sensitisers at work, then the employer is required to control those risks.

Code of Practice for Nail Salons :

This provides nail professionals with authoritative and industry endorsed guidance and has been developed by Habia. Habia is the government approved standards setting body for hair, beauty, nails, spa therapy, barbering and African-Caribbean hair, and creates the standards that form the basis of all qualifications including NVQs, SVQs and Apprenticeships, as well as codes of practice.

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