Manicurists and Cosmetologists Face Deadly Health Hazards

Manicurists and Cosmetologists

Hair and nail salons are typically happy, bright, colorful places filled with caring, genuine workers who enjoy bringing contentment and relaxation to their clients. Unfortunately, the outlook isn’t so sunny for many workers. Over the years, many salon employees have developed various types of cancer, had miscarriages, or given birth to children with learning disabilities or other complications, all because of the products they used on their clients. If you are a salon worker, and feel that you have been affected by the chemical you have used while performing your job, call the beauty salon injury lawyers at Friedman, Rodman, and Frank at 305-448-8585.

A growing number of research has found that many products used by salon workers contain harmful chemicals that can lead to debilitating illnesses to those constantly exposed to them. These illnesses can vary from slight to much more severe. Hairstylists, makeup artists and manicurists who work with these chemicals on a daily basis tend to have higher risk factors for developing several ailments and complications, including Hodgkin’s disease, low birth-weight babies, miscarriages, respiratory infections and even cancer. All over the country, cosmetologists have shared similar stories of tragedy and illnesses believed to be linked to their workplaces.

Some researchers believe that in small doses, exposure to hazardous chemicals found in nail polish, nail polish remover, nail primers, disinfectants, hair dyes, and other materials are not harmful to customers who have minimal contact with these products. But on the other hand, workers who are exposed to them for several hours a day, several days a week can suffer debilitating health issues. Below is just a sampling of hazardous chemicals found in nail salon products and the harmful effects they can cause:

  • Acetone: headaches; dizziness; skin irritation
  • Formaldehyde: breathing complications; skin irritation; cancer
  • Toluene: cracked skin; headaches; dizziness; numbness; skin irritation; damage to lungs, kidneys and liver; harmful to unborn child if exposed during
  • pregnancy
  • Ethyl methacrylate: asthma; skin irritation; complications with children if exposed while pregnant
  • Dibutyl phthalate: nausea; burning of the eyes, skin and throat
  • Methacrylic acid: skin and eye irritation; breathing complications
  • Ethyl acetate: fainting; irritation of eyes, nose, throat and stomach
  • Methyl methacrylate: asthma; skin irritation; loss of smell

In California, so many salon workers have become ill that local doctors there are calling it an epidemic. The issue has also captured the attention of several health service organizations, particularly the Asian Health Services, which has been investigating sick workers’ claims for more than 10 years now. The organization has been fighting for employers to place restrictions on the use of hazardous chemicals in salons, but the cosmetology industry has been pushing back. The organization has also asked nail polish companies to limit the use of more hazardous chemicals in their products and many have said they’ve complied. However, when tested, many products still contain harmful materials.

Although the federal law regulates safety in salons, it does not regulate the amounts of chemicals used in professional products that are used there. And unfortunately, many of these chemicals have toxins in them that can erode a person’s health if exposed for extended periods.

If you or a loved one has suffered adverse health issues due to working in a salon, it’s important that you understand that you have rights. Employees of salons should be better protected and should not have to endure serious health risks just for the sake of making an honest living. Here at Friedman, Rodman & Frank, P.A., we believe that this is a very serious issue that must be resolved immediately to prevent any additional tragedies. It’s every employee’s right to work in a safe and healthy environment. Our experienced beauty salon injury lawyers are pooling our resources to fight for salon workers’ rights here in Florida. Please contact us for immediate help with your situation. Contact our offices online or call 305-448-8585 to schedule a free consultation.

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