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The surprising hazards associated with nail salon work

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.

Certainly, any number of factors can cause these kinds of medical conditions to arise. However, an increasing amount of medical research links nail care chemicals to severe medical challenges.

It is likely not going to be too long before nail technicians everywhere are required to take specific precautions in order to protect their health on the job. Until that time, it may be the responsibility of workers and employers to push for necessary protective gear and safety protocols in order to safeguard the health of nail workers and any pregnancies they may experience. Please, if you are involved in this industry do not wait to protect yourself until it is too late.

Source: The New York Times, "Perfect Nails, Poisoned Workers," Sarah Maslin Nir, May 8, 2015

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