Employees of nail salons are cheerful, fun, and quick to please their patrons. However, what most clients do not realize is that those same nail salon workers are essentially putting their health and safety at risk to please their employers and customers alike.
Nail salon workers are frequently exposed to toxic chemicals, and with nail salon owners focusing more on their bottom line than employee safety, the number of work-related illnesses in this field may increase.
Exposure to Highly Toxic Materials
At a nail salon, a customer enjoys the pampering and relaxation they receive. However, if that same customer was informed about the toxicity of the nail products they are receiving, they may not feel as relaxed. Being exposed to these chemicals at low levels will not put a person at risk for any long-term illnesses. However, salon workers who are exposed to toxic chemicals on their skin and fumes in their mouths and lungs may be.
What Toxic Chemicals are Present in Nail Salons?
Evidence has shown that frequent exposure to highly toxic chemicals can impact an individual’s health, and can also be passed to an unborn child. Some chemicals nail salon workers are exposed to each day include:
- Dibutyl Phthalate – This is added to nail products, such as polish, to help it stay smooth and not clump during application. In some countries, products with this chemical have been relabeled with specific warnings regarding infertility and harm to an unborn baby.
- Toluene – This is also an additive for nail polish products that helps keep the product smooth for easier application. Several studies have shown that frequent exposure to this toxin can lead to kidney disease and difficulties with cognitive abilities.
- Formaldehyde – Formaldehyde, which is commonly used for embalming, was banned by the European Union in cosmetic supplies, and goes into effect in 2016; yet, the United States still allows nail salon workers to expose themselves to this product daily in the salon.
- Acetone – Most commonly found in nail polish removing products, acetone comes in numerous forms, including acetonitrile, butyl acetate, and ethyl acetate. Frequent exposure to this chemical can lead to migraines, skin irritation, insomnia, fatigue, and respiratory problems.
Common Health Concerns Related to Nail Salons
A list has been compiled of medical conditions that have been linked to the daily exposure of nail salon chemicals, including:
- Asthma and other respiratory issues
- Cancer – especially skin cancer
- Skin irritations, dermatitis, and permanent skin discoloration
- Reproductive issues – including infertility
Injured at Your Nail Salon? Contact a Workers’ Compensation Attorney
If you have been severely injured or have suffered from a work-related illness, contact the attorneys at Malman Law to start exploring your options for compensation. Our attorneys understand how difficult it is to deal with a work-related illness, and we are here to answer your questions. Contact us online or call 888-625-6265 to get started.