Most of us already know that the chemicals used to make nail polish are bad for our health. Yet, nail therapists work day and night providing a service many of us consider a treat, and they breathe the toxic fumes for hours each day.
In Singapore, a quick survey by Yahoo Singapore found that manicurists are aware of some of the potential health risks from the chemicals used during treatments, but they aren't too concerned -- they are more worried about physical injuries related to the job.
Owner of Nail Lodge in Serangoon Garden, Margaret Tan, 31, worked as manicurist for six years before starting her own salon. While she knows fumes from nail polish and removers can be harmful, a bigger concern she says, is lower back pain. "Because they (manicurists) are sitting down all day, their posture is quite bad," Tan says.
A recent article by the New York Times exposed the poor working conditions and health risks faced by manicurists in New York City. Workers complained of breathingRead More »from Are Singapore nail salons safe for workers?