Factors influencing health and safety practices among Vietnamese nail salon technicians and owners: A qualitative study

Tran B. Huynh, Ngoc Doan, Ngan Trinh, Niko Verdecias, Samantha Stalford, Amy Caroll-Scott

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Abstract

Objective: This qualitative study explored factors that influence health and safety practices among Vietnamese nail salon technicians and owners. Methods: We conducted semi-structured focus group discussions and individual interviews with a sample of 17 Vietnamese nail salon technicians and owners in the Philadelphia metropolitan area, Pennsylvania. Results: Analysis of transcripts revealed perceived health benefits/concerns, knowledge about work-related hazards, salon's management and policies attributed to owners, client influence, external policies/regulations, and protective equipment-specific challenges were among factors affecting workplace health promotion practices at the salons. Conclusions: The study highlighted a complex interplay among the various stakeholders including nail technicians, owners, clients, policy makers, and enforcers. Interventions addressing barriers at the personal and organizational levels, as well as public policy change and enforcement are needed to create sustainable behavioral and organizational change in nail salons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)244-252
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Industrial Medicine
Volume62
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2019
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • health disparities
  • multilevel interventions
  • nail salon workers
  • occupational health

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