Let's Learn About Vocs
Nichibi's gel nails do not contain VOCS (Volatile Organic Compounds) and are friendly to both people and the environment.
Let's learn about VOCS (Volatile Organic Compounds)
As a nail technician who handles chemical substances, you have probably heard of vocs (volatile organic compounds), which cause sick building syndrome and photochemical smog, and have been pointed out to have adverse effects on the human body. The japanese government has revised the air pollution control law and is making serious efforts to control voc emissions. Here, we will explain what vocs are, their sources, adverse effects on the human body, and countermeasures.
What are VOCS (Volatile Organic Compounds) - Definition and types of VOCS
VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compounds. VOC is a generic term for organic compounds that are volatile and become gaseous in the atmosphere. Many of you may be familiar with it because several decades ago, environmental pollution caused by industrial modernization was so serious that photochemical smog alerts were issued on a daily basis. Substances that fall under VOCs include toluene, xylene, 1,3,5-trimethylbenzene, ethyl acetate, decane, methanol, and dichloromethane. There are a very large number of about 200 types, and paint solvents (thinners), adhesives, inks, and some cleaning agents are the sources.
Where are the sources of VOCS (Volatile Organic Compounds)?
Emissions from paints, fuels, chemicals, printing inks, and industrial adhesives account for 78% of total voc emissions as a source of vocs. Looking at the sources of voc emissions in 2014, paint accounted for 40% of the total, followed by fuel (evaporative gases) at 19%, chemicals at 7%, and printing inks at 6%. (source: ministry of economy, trade and industry and ministry of the environment)
Nail polish contains organic solvents that generate high levels of VOCS, and many traditional nail products, such as nail glue and acetone, are sources of VOCS.
Adverse Effects of VOCS (Volatile Organic Compounds) on the human body
Vocs released into the atmosphere, along with nitrogen oxides, undergo a chemical reaction when exposed to the sun's ultraviolet rays, producing harmful photochemical oxidants and suspended particulate matter (SPM). Photochemical oxidants cause photochemical smog and have been shown to have adverse effects on the respiratory system, such as sore eyes and coughing. Spms have a particle size of less than 10 micrometers and remain in the atmosphere for long periods of time. If inhaled, spms can cause serious harm to the human body by depositing in the respiratory tract and causing factors such as lung adenocarcinoma.
Not only in the outdoor environment, but also indoors, vocs have caused health problems such as sick building syndrome, asthma and other respiratory illnesses, and chemical sensitivity. The acrid smell of nail polish is a voc, and symptoms such as headaches and breathing difficulties caused by inhaling volatile gases during nail polish use are thought to be due to the negative effects of VOCS on the nervous and respiratory systems. Nail product users and nail technicians should be especially careful because of the environment in which they are continuously and continuously exposed to vocs, and because they have been shown to have adverse effects on the gynecological system as well.
Health effects of VOCS
To prevent the adverse effects of VOCS (Volatile Organic Compounds) on the human body indoor in a nail salons
Relatively reduce the impact on human health by minimizing the use of nail products that emit vocs. In addition, please ensure that sufficient ventilation is provided to continuously exhaust vocs filled indoors to the outdoors. In addition, garbage containing acetone or light-removing solution will continue to emit organic gases, which are vocs. Please tie the mouths of plastic bags, etc. And dispose of them in a trash can with a lid to prevent diffusion as much as possible. Since ordinary air purifiers can hardly purify vocs, forced ventilation and fresh air supply are the most effective measures.
Adverse effects of VOCS (Volatile Organic Compounds) on the environment and surroundings
Air pollution caused by vocs is also implicated in many environmental problems. It has been pointed out that they cause ozone layer depletion and global warming, and may lead to deforestation and crop damage. Reducing voc emissions not only improves the atmospheric environment, but also prevents the generation of foul odors, thereby preventing complaints from adjacent residences and tenants.
Also, the use of voc-preventive products may solve the problem of tenants not being able to move into shopping malls and building complexes because of the smell emitted from nail salons, and above all, it may provide customers with a healthy and comfortable space for nail care services. Nail services can also be provided in a healthy and comfortable space for customers.
Know the essence of the product and choose a good product.
There are many catch phrases such as "organic" that give the impression of being good for the human body and the environment. However, if you do not select products based on their essence and not on their image, you may end up with the opposite effect. For example, cosmetics containing organic ingredients are very popular, but they may contain more preservatives than ordinary cosmetics manufactured using chemical methods to keep naturally derived organic ingredients from spoiling and to maintain stable quality. In some cases, cosmetics that prioritize image over quality are on the market.
Similarly, in the case of gel nail polish, although at first glance all brands of products look the same, some products contain large amounts of vocs, while others contain no vocs at all. For a long time, nail product manufacturers have avoided the topic of the negative effects of chemicals in nail products on the human body, but from the very beginning, Nichibi Inc. has been committed to providing safe and healthy nail products and nail systems for nail technicians and all those who enjoy using them. However, since its establishment, nichimi has specialized in oem production of pure gel nail polish products that do not contain vocs (volatile organic compounds) under the theme of providing safe and healthy gel nail polish products and nail systems to nail technicians and nail care enthusiasts.
This means that our employees can work safely and healthily, and we can protect their health at the same time. The products we manufacture are based on our founder's strong belief that "we would never manufacture or sell a product unless it is safe for our family, children, and grandchildren to use," and that "we want to contribute to our global environment, which is precious and irreplaceable as only one life. This belief has been maintained ever since the company was founded.