Ask the expert: Artificial nails and nail length

By: April 29th, 2009 Email This Post Print This Post

Q: Where can I find the OSHA regulation prohibiting artificial nails in healthcare?

A: OSHA does not have a standard referencing artificial nails for healthcare workers, but the CDC has guidelines.  “Guideline for Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings,” October 2002, recommends that healthcare workers:

  • Do not wear artificial fingernails or extenders when in direct contact with patients at high risk (e.g., those in intensive-care units or operating rooms)
  • Keep natural nail tips less than 0.25 inches long

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Comments

I work in a nursing home were they change there policy on artificial nails that fine if the CDC state that artificial nails recommendation that the nails may harbor bacteria which could be dangerous to the lodger or team member.the CDC did not state that an over lay on the natural nail would cause bacteria on the natural nail, it self or the shape of the nail from square to round shape, I believe that this is personal.

According to OSHA regulations..Cqn ans certified orthodontic assistant have acrylic nail on?

By thomas day on April 14th, 2015 at 3:58 pm

i work in the peanut industrie, the peanuts are already shelled when we get them we clean-up the peanuts and then send them back to customer, fakenails aren’t allowed but i was wondering about fingernail length as food heal & safety aspect.

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