T his report discusses some of the key barriers to occupational safety and health in the nail services industry. Workers and salon owners are exposed to a variety of chemicals linked to adverse health effects such as asthma, cancer, and reproductive damage. And many do so without adequate and accessible information or any reliable health care.
However, this report is not exhaustive in describing all the occupational hazards faced by nail salons workers and technicians. Other hazards include musculo-skeletal or ergonomic injuries, low wages, lack of employee protections due to “independent contactor” versus “employee” status, to name a few.
Additionally, at the time that this report goes to press (April 2009), the economy is experiencing an extraordinary downward turn characterized by unusually high job losses and business failures, and diminishing government budgets. Notwithstanding the current economic climate, in advancing policy change that will dismantle barriers to safety and health in nail salons, the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative looks forward to collaborating with other organizations and agencies who similarly recognize the importance of improving the safety and health of the nail services community.
California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative
About the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative
The California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative was formed in 2005 out of growing concern for the health and safety of nail salon and other cosmetology workers, owners, and consumers. The Collaborative coordinates, leverages, and builds upon the respective expertise and activities of its diverse members and partners to advance a preventive environmental health agenda for nail and beauty salon communities in California. Comprising of public health and environmental advocates, nail salon workers and owners, community-based groups, educational institutions, and allies in government agencies, the Collaborative seeks to proactively address health and safety concerns of the nail salon community through an integrated approach using policy advocacy, research, outreach, and education strategies.
For more information about the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative and to find out how you can be involved with our work, please visit our website at www.cahealthynailsalons.org.