The New York Times recently published a series of articles detailing just how hazardous it has become to be a nail salon technician. One would initially think that this line of work is no more hazardous than working in a hair salon is. Like hair stylists, nail technicians need to interact with some questionable chemicals, need to avoid slipping on slick floors and need to properly sterilize their tools. However, recent evidence and countless stories are adding up to shocking conclusions about the hazards of life as a nail technician.
In a piece entitled "Perfect Nails, Poisoned Workers," a journalist for the Times tells the stories of various New York City nail salon workers who have suffered miscarriages and whose children have physical and developmental delays. The piece also discusses other health afflictions that many nail technicians suffer from, including chronic coughs, painful skin conditions and even cancer.