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Should The Government Pass Legislation On Nail Salon Safety?

Another story has come out about the health hazards of working at a nail salon. Prolonged exposure to chemicals has been linked with skin rashes, respiratory problems and cancer. For instance, manicurist Lam Thi Le says that she was diagnosed with thyroid problems two years after working in a nail salon; she was later diagnosed with breast cancer.

Now, the California legislature is assessing the risks that nail technicians are exposed to at work. "Every day, nail salon workers are exposed to a wide array of carcinogenic chemicals," said state Senator Carole Migden. After holding a legislative hearing in which workers testified about their health problems, Migden announced that she's planning to introduce legislation on the matter within a year.

I used to work near a quick-and-cheap nail salon, and the fumes were so strong that you could smell them from 20 feet away. I always saw the workers—almost all of them immigrants—and worry about the effects of breathing that air all day long. Regulating the work environment seems like a good idea to me, but what do you think?


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phree2b phree2b 9 years
Regulate yes! Those poor people risk their lives to make the world a lovelier place and they have to put up with alot!
Spree Spree 9 years
BabydollJustina BabydollJustina 9 years
amber_castaldo amber_castaldo 9 years
Getting my nails does has been put on the back burner because of the terrible smell. I just can't bring myself to bring my child to those places.
keiraz keiraz 9 years
ppl have always been doin this and nobody died young bcz of it!
rosyrose rosyrose 9 years
I voted not sure. As an immigrant myself, I can understand why people want to get into risks to support their family overseas. I presonally do not use nail salons because I cannot stand the smells. However, most people I know who goes to nail salons do so so they would not have such chemicals in their own homes. If we regulate the nail salons to where they can only use "safe" nail polishes, people would rather just do their nails at home. It is so unfortunate that the most dangerous nail polishes are the ones that are also the most effective. There are a lot of people who would rather take risks so they can protect their own families from danger. I would not want to regulate them out of their livelihoods. Spending a couple of hours a day with chemicals is still much better than having their families executed because they can not afford to pay bribes to the officials in their home countries.
cittypark cittypark 9 years
this is so sad. i can't believe ppl actually voted NO. no empathy whatsoever.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Rachel419 same here. I never have such a problem.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I think it's important for the health of the workers and clients. Sometimes there's nothing they can do - like find a new job - and they need help to keep them safe. I won't even do my own nails indoors!
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
There is a new one near me that I go to, it doesn't smell, they are in a new building and must have a good ventiatlation system. There is one in the mall here that reeks on a summer afternoon, I can barely walk past it.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 9 years
I can't stand the smells. I do my own pedi/mani and I'm pretty good at it. Sometimes my hubby helps me out with the toes.
ShedItandGetIt ShedItandGetIt 9 years
I think salons should be regulated, but I'd add that if salons have to be safe for workers, then so do bars and restaurants--so smoking would have to be banned, as that's a carcinogen too.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
The level of those fumes will really affect my loyalty to any nail salon. It doesn't matter how good a job they do on my nails. And if it's not a good quality and the fumes in there are really high, then I'm definitely not going back.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
Yeah, this really affects me since I will be working in the industry and I would like to see some regulations not just for myself but for my clients as well.
Rachel419 Rachel419 9 years
The nail salon that I go to has basically no fumes at all and the people are really nice. I love it!
LoneWolf LoneWolf 9 years
The place I used to go to was horrid. They did a great job, but the place was small and it was impossible to breathe in there. I think it's a safety issue. If you can't smoke in the workplace anymore, you also shouldn't be able to inhale any 'fumes' that are hazardous to your health.
omilawd omilawd 9 years
I can barely stay in nail salons for the duration of a manicure. I can't imagine staying in one for several hours, several days a week. It reeks horribly, but now that I know the chemicals can cause cancer, I'm even more worried for the people who work in nail salons.
sugarbecky sugarbecky 9 years
These salons should be under the same type of rules that govern hair salons and the like. Some of them are just downright scary to be in!! Plus, there has to be some sort of regulations that accompany these chemicals- even if they had better ventialtion systems or wore respirators, that small thing would make for better working conditions.
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
And I'm worried about my own safety being in there for one hour.
designergirl designergirl 9 years
Definitely everyone deserves to be safe. Even if it means the end of the $20 mani/pedi.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Whenever I go to a salon I can smell the chimicals form a mile away! Even only being in there for an hour bugs my nose and throut and I have often wondered how the people working there can handle it!
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