Times Exposé on Health Hazards in Nail Salons Points to Formaldehyde Among Toxic Chemicals


The New York Times recently published a two-part article summarizing the results of a 13-month long investigation of nail salons and the adverse health effects on manicurists. In response to the investigation, New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered various emergency measures to protect manicurists from the potentially dangerous chemicals found in nail products. Workers and occupational health experts allege that some ingredients used in nail products have been linked to cancer, fertility issues, lung diseases and other ailments. One ingredient under particular scrutiny is formaldehyde. Used as a hardening agent in nail products, formaldehyde has been labeled by the United States Department of Health and Human Services as a human carcinogen.

Given the wide range of products that formaldehyde can be found in, and the increased awareness concerning its potential harmful effects, we anticipate a growth in claims related to formaldehyde exposure. This is an area of law that we specialize in and have written about in the past (Growing Concern Over Environmental and Occupational Formaldehyde Exposure). To learn more, please contact David Governo at 617.737.9047 or [email protected].