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Department of Aesthetics and Cosmetology, Technological Educational Institute of Athens, 12210 Athens, Greece


Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology, School of Medicine, Athens University, 11527 Athens, Greece


Terra Nova L.t.d., Environmental Engineering Consultancy, 11527 Athens, Greece


Occupational Health Unit, Department of Public Health, School of Medicine, Patras University, 26500 Rio Patras, Greece


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Abstract The indoor environment in four beauty salons located in Athens Greece was examined in order to investigate the occupational health exposure of cosmetologists to various chemical products typically used in their work. Chemical substances chosen for investigation were volatile organic compounds VOCs, formaldehyde, ozone and carbon dioxide. Total VOCs levels measured showed significant variation 100–1,450 μg m-3 depending on the products used and the number of treatments carried out, as well as ventilation. The main VOCs found in the salons were aromatics toluene, xylene, esters and ketones ethyl acetate, acetone, etc. which are used as solvents in various beauty products; terpenes pinene, limonene, camphor, menthenol which have a particular odor and others like camphor which have specific properties. Ozone concentrations measured in all salons were quite low 0.1 and 13.3 μg m-3 and formaldehyde concentrations detected were lower than the detection limit of the method in all salons

Author: Alexandra Tsigonia 1,2, Argyro Lagoudi 3, Stavroula Chandrinou 3, Athena Linos 2, Nikos Evlogias 1 and Evangelos C. Alexopoulos 4,*



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