Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 353–361

Results from a Community-based Occupational Health Survey of Vietnamese-American Nail Salon Workers


    • Department of Work EnvironmentUniversity of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Lenore S. Azaroff
    • Department of Work EnvironmentUniversity of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Christina Holcroft
    • Department of Work EnvironmentUniversity of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Huong Nguyen
    • Viet AID
  • Tam Doan
    • New Ecology Inc
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10903-007-9084-4

Cite this article as:
Roelofs, C., Azaroff, L.S., Holcroft, C. et al. J Immigrant Minority Health (2008) 10: 353. doi:10.1007/s10903-007-9084-4


A community-university collaborative partnership assessed self-reported work-related health effects and environmental factors in Boston’s Vietnamese immigrant community via an interviewer-assisted survey. Seventy-one nail technicians responded. Musculoskeletal disorders, skin problems, respiratory irritation and headaches were commonly reported as work-related, as were poor air quality, dusts and offensive odors. The reporting of a work-related respiratory symptom was significantly associated with the reporting of exposure factors such as poorer air quality. Absence of skin disorders was associated with glove use and musculoskeletal symptoms were associated with years worked as a nail technician. Work-related health effects may be common in nail salon work. Chemical and musculoskeletal hazards should be reduced through product and equipment redesign.


ImmigrantOccupational healthNail salonVietnamese-American

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