Nail salon workers face chemical warfare

THE boom in nail salons is subjecting many female workers to hazardous chemicals, researchers warn.

The level of volatile organic compounds in poorly ventilated salons was a major concern, with solvents such as toluene being used “indiscriminately” in the industry, they said.

A study of 80 Vietnamese nail technicians in 20 California salons found “notable levels” of methyl methacrylate, a compound banned by the US Food and Drug Administration in the 1970s from use in adhesives for cosmetic nail products.