New Jersey nail salons might be inadvertently exposing their clients to dangerous products implicated in birth defects and other serious illnesses, according to a recent report.
Recently, a study was conducted on 25 brands of nail polish. These samples included brands asserting that they do not contain chemicals from what experts call the "toxic trio." The toxic trio is the chemicals dibutyl phthalate, toluene and formaldehyde. The trio is considered toxic because other studies have shown that exposure to these three chemicals in large amounts can lead to asthma, developmental issues and other serious illnesses.
This recent study found that of the 12 products claiming to be toluene-free 10 contained the chemical. Four of these products, in fact, contained dangerously high levels of toluene.
Investigators also found that of the seven products claiming to be free of all three of the toxic trio chemicals, five contained significant levels of one or more of the chemicals.
The study did not result in enough data to generate an accurate risk of exposure for salon workers and customers, but researchers did identify the mislabeled brands. The manufacturer of several products on the list disagrees with this study's findings.
Nonetheless, the study highlights the need for sufficient training of salon workers and proper ventilation.
Manufacturers who mislead New Jersey customers regarding dangerous products may be liable for damages in products liability lawsuits. Potential damages might include medical costs associated with care and rehabilitation, cost of medication, accommodations for disabilities, victim pain and suffering and other losses.
Source: New Jersey Herald, "Calif. finds toxins in 'nontoxic' nail polishes," Jason Dearen, April 10, 2012