Nail Salon Worker Injury Lawyers
Our dangerous products lawyers are currently working with technicians from nail salons and other beauty professionals who have been exposed to toxic chemicals and who became seriously ill as a result.
According to a recent New York Times article, “Of the 20 common nail product ingredients listed as causing health problems in the appendix of a safety brochure put out by the Environmental Protection Agency, 17 are hazardous to the respiratory tract, according to the agency. Overexposure to each of them induces symptoms such as burning throat or lungs, labored breathing or shortness of breath.”
In addition to respiratory illnesses, people who work in nail salons are also risk for a number of other potentially fatal sicknesses and diseases. What’s more, they may be more likely to suffer a miscarriage or give birth to a child with a serious birth defect.
We encourage you to learn more about dangerous and toxic chemical exposure in nail salons, and the rights afforded to victims of this toxic exposure.
Dangerous Manicure Chemicals
There are a number of products and chemicals used by cosmeticians and especially by manicurists which are known to cause serious health threats to humans and unborn fetuses.
Three chemicals used by manicurists are so dangerous that they are known as the “toxic trio” to worker advocates: dibutyl phthalate, toluene, and formaldehyde.
Dibutyl phthalate: Also known as DBP, this chemical is so harmful thatit is banned for usein cosmetics in Europe. It will be banned from cosmetic use in Australia later this year. This chemical is a known reproductive toxicant.
Toluene: This chemical helps keep polish smooth, but can impair both cognitive function and kidney function. Toluene can also “adversely affect the developing fetus”, according to the EPA.
Formaldehyde: This is used to harden nail products. It was labeled a human carcinogen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2011 and will be banned from cosmetic use in Europe in 2016.
Acrylic dust from artificial nails and tips as well as the solvents and plastic polymers used in the application and removal of acrylic nails can all be harmful.
Diseases and Birth Defects linked to Manicure Chemicals
A shockingly high number of diseases and injuries, some of which are fatal, have been associated with the chemicals nail salon technicians come into contact with every day:
- Hodgkin’s disease
- Multiple myeloma (cancer)
- Liver damage
- Respiratory difficulties
- Persistent coughing
- Airway problems
- Nose bleeds
- Constant sore throat
- Skin disorders
- Skin discoloration
- Loss of fingerprints
- Extreme sensitivity in hands and fingertips
- Fungal infections
- Thyroid conditions
In addition to the harm they are personally incurring, many women who work in nail salons may also be in danger of passing on serious birth defects or problems to their unborn children:
- Abnormal fetal development
- Low birth weight
- Developmental delays in children
- Delayed physical development
Legal Support for Injured Nail Salon Workers
There are a number of steps nail salon employees can take to protect themselves, such as wearing gloves, ensuring proper ventilation, and wearing face masks. However, many workers in these salons are not aware of the risks they are facing, or they don’t believe they are entitled to protection under our nation’s laws. Furthermore, some salon owners prefer to cut their costs by skipping necessary safety precautions for their workers and keeping them unaware of the daily risks of their occupations.
State and federal agencies and officials are also responsible for ensuring the safety of nail salon workers. However, the cosmetics industry has powerful lobbyists and it has proven difficult to pass any laws designed to protect the rights of nail salon workers. At this time, local and ethnic community groups such as Asian Health Services are making the greatest strides in educating and protecting salon workers.
In addition to being uneducated about the dangers of many of the chemicals they use every day, many nail salon workers are also unaware that they have the legal right to hold employers accountable for their toxic exposure and any resulting illnesses or consequences. If you believe that your illness, miscarriage, or your child’s birth defect may have been caused by chemicals at a nail salon, we want to educate you about your rights and help you pursue compensation. Contact us today for a free legal consultation.