Nail salon workers are exposed to dangerous chemical on a daily basis that can threaten their health.
There are approximately 350,000 nail salon workers employed in the U.C., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We may not think of working in a nail salon as a high risk job, but the fact is the workers are exposed to dangerous chemicals on a daily basis.
If you work in a nail salon and you have suffered an occupational illness as a result of chemical exposure in the workplace, contact Willens Law Offices today. We will help you understand your legal rights and options regarding your workers’ compensation claim.
Toxic Dangers in Nail Salons
Nail salons often have very toxic environments. According to the Department of Labor, the chemicals present in nail salon environments can cause extensive health problems for the workers. Dangerous chemicals that these workers are exposed to include:
- Butyl acetate
- Dibutyl phthalate
- Ethyl methacrylate
- Ethyl acetate
- Isopropyl acetate
- Methyl methacrylate (MMA)
- Methacrylic acid
- Quaternary ammonium compound
The U.S. Labor Department has categorized three of these chemicals – formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, and toluene – as the toxic trio. Many of these chemicals are used in nail salons on a daily basis. While customers receive only minimal exposure because they spend only a small time in the salon, workers spend hours in the toxic environment. These toxic chemicals are poisonous in nature and can negatively impact the health of anyone working in the salon.
According to a WebMD report based on tests of samples from 25 different types of nail polish, many of the chemicals used in them were not even listed in the ingredient list. This means, those who are exposed to this chemicals may not be able to take any precaution because they are not aware of the danger. This is particularly true in case of nail products that are “off brand”; it is difficult to ascertain the manufacturer’s quality standards. Also, nail polishes are probably one of the most inexpensive beauty products available in the market and not many people pay attention to what goes into making them.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published guidelines on poison prevention, specifically for nail salon workers. However, many employers overlook the dangers their employees are exposed to. It is the duty of an employer to ensure that their workers have a safe and healthy environment to work in and it is the responsibility of the worker to be aware of the dangers that may be lurking on the workplace.
Nail Salon Worker Injured in the Workplace?
If you are experiencing any signs of chemical poisoning such as nausea or headaches, you should seek immediate medical attention. All work related injuries, including those related to toxic exposure are covered by workers compensation. You should report your injury to the employer and file a claim for workers compensation benefits.
In addition to filing your workers compensation claim, you should contact Willens Law Offices to discuss your case by calling (312) 957-4166 or fill out our online contact form.