Serious health issues such as respiratory and dermatological problems, cancer and birth defects among nail salon workers have to be addressed says Anne Rochon Ford, Research Associate at York University's National Network on Environments and Women's Health in Toronto.
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Serious health issues in nail salons have to be addressed, says researcher

As the number of nail salons in Canada grows, so does the number of salon technicians exposed to a variety of chemicals causing respiratory and dermatological problems, cancer, and birth defects. It’s an issue that particularly affects the women who work there, and to a lesser degree the customers the salons serve.

As the issue gains more prominence, researchers are hoping legislators will step in with legislation controlling such things as ventilation in the salons, and instituting precautionary principles in controlling certain dangerous chemicals.

RCI’s Wojtek Gwiazda spoke with Anne Rochon Ford who reviewed some of the research that’s been done on health and safety in nail salons. She is a Research Associate at York University’s National Network on Environments and Women’s Health in Toronto.


More information:
National Network on Environments and Women’s Health – Nail Salon Workers in the City of Toronto and the GTA: A Seed Project on Chemical Exposures – here

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