(No, I never post in this thread, but this might interest some of you.)
Why is it that no one writes about the toxins in nail polish?LABOUR-US:
The Beauty Industry's Ugly Secret
SAN FRANCISCO, California, Sep 19 (IPS) - When it comes to the 20-billion-
dollar a year manicure industry in the United States, consumers are more
likely to fear foot fungus, not the beauty products themselves.
That despite the fact that the nail industry uses 10,000 chemicals in its products,
89 percent of which have not been safety tested by any independent agency,
according to a recent report by the National Asian Pacific
American Women's Forum.
That's got advocates worried not only for consumers, but nail salon workers.
"We are also very concerned about worker health -- typically, women of
colour, Asian immigrants and Asian American women," said Felicia Eaves,
a national organiser with Women's Voices of the Earth. "They spend lots
of time, 10 to 14 hours, working with these products. We know that
many of these women have health effects, problems with spontaneous
abortion and other health problems."
Currently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not safety test
ingredients used in cosmetic or personal care products before they hit the market.
That research is carried out by an industry-funded group.
Consumers are left to sift through the tiny typeface listing ingredients
on the back of the bottle.
For nail salon workers, many factors go into a safer and healthier work
environment, including better ventilation, protective gear and awareness
of workplace exposures....
On the job, nail salon workers come into contact with chemical hazards
linked to illnesses, cancers and reproductive harm, including birth defects.
The known or suspected carcinogens include phthalates (found in nail polish),
formaldehyde, benzene and methylene chloride.
Connie Nguyen, 46, has worked in the beauty business for 10 years. She
said she's had some health problems, including difficulty breathing, skin
allergies and occasional dizziness. She said wearing a mask can help to
filter out particles released from filing acrylic nails, but it doesn't protect
We can smell the acetone in nail polish remover, and we must
know that there is nothing natural about the metallic paint women
put on their nails...what of salon workers who have this stuff
in their nostrils 10 or 14 hours a day?