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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