PPNYC SUPPORTS THE NAIL SALON HEALTH AND SAFETY BILL FOR NEW YORK CITY
PPNYC's Director of Government Relations, Julienne Verdi, speaking at Public Advocate Letitia James's press conference about the bill
There are an estimated 5,000 nail salons in New York State, with 2,000 of them located in New York City alone. A steadily growing body of research indicates that toxic chemicals found in nail salons may negatively affect a person’s reproductive health. Nail salon workers are predominantly women of reproductive age, and persistent exposure to chemicals commonly used in the nail industry could have serious, long-term health effects, especially to the reproductive system, resulting in infertility, miscarriages, and birth defects.
As a trusted sexual and reproductive health care provider, Planned Parenthood of New York City is concerned about the effects hazardous chemicals may have on reproductive health and was proud to testify on 5/1/15 in support of New York City Council legislation seeking to protect the health and safety of nail salon workers and consumers. All New Yorkers deserve to work without risking their health or the health of their family.
Learn more about this issue from:
A New York Times series about working conditions in nail salons --
"The Price of Nice Nails" (5/10/15)
"Perfect Nails, Poisoned Workers" (5/11/15)
These two articles were published in Korean, Chinese, and Spanish as well as English so those directly affected by the industry can read them.