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John C. Dowdy and Robert M. Sayre Photobiological Safety Evaluation of UV Nail Lamps Photochemistry and Photobiology 89

Version of Record online: 9 MAY 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/php.12075

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We subjected six US-manufactured UV nail lamps to ANSI/IESNA RP-27 Photobiological Safety evaluation. Spectra were measured at three positions, 1 cm above the inner surface to approximate hand exposure and 20 cm normal and 45° to the opening. Interior UV levels classified these lamps into Risk Group 1-Low or 2-Moderate with permissible daily exposure limits ranging 29–276 min. At 20 cm, photobiological risks to skin and eyes of normal individuals were within Exempt classification. Total programmed exposure steps accumulate to only a small fraction of permissible daily exposure. Realistic risks are further mitigated because expected use is less frequent.

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