Trouble in the Nail Salon

Barkan Meizlish , May 13, 2015

Recently, a growing number of people have taken notice to an increasing epidemic in the United States; the health and safety of nail salon employees. Studies have shown that some ingredients used in nail products have been tied to health issues such as cancer, miscarriages, lung diseases, and other ailments. While these conditions do not necessarily impact the consumer, they can have an incredibly detrimental impact on employees who are subjected to these fumes and toxins while they work.

A recent New York Times article interviewed several industry employees, leaders, and doctors to get a better idea of what caused these issues. After all, a “growing body of medical research shows a link between the chemicals that make nail and beauty products useful… and serious health problems.” What they found was shocking.

The regulation of chemicals in nail products is dictated by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938. Thus, one of the most glaring issues facing these employees is the fact that the federal law is outdated. The federal law that regulates cosmetics safety is more than 75 years old and does not require companies to disclose safety information with the Food and Drug Administration.

Unfortunately, with constant exposure to the fumes of various chemicals and little protection from an outside agency, many employees are simply left to fend for themselves when it comes to their health and safety. Thus, it is extremely important for employees in this field of work to be aware of these risks, and contact their doctor should they have any questions or concerns. Moreover, if one has already began suffering from these conditions, they should consider contacting a Columbus employment attorney to see what type of remedies they may have.


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