Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Haley Reading Group: “Perfect Nails, Poisoned Workers”
[The Best American Science and Nature Writing (2016)]
Cynthia A. Campbell
Sarah Maslin Nir’s article “Perfect Nails, Poisoned Workers” focuses on the hazardous conditions of working in nail salons. Nir illuminates the disagreement between health advocates and industry officials of the potential dangers to workers. Ultimately, the article speaks to evidence that there is a connection between the chemicals in the nail products and resulting medical problems for the workers and their offspring.
Nir’s discussion of workers’ breathing problems was especially enlightening. At one point, Nir notes that ‘In interviews with over 125 nail salon workers, airway ailments…were ubiquitous” (206). This point indicates a link between breathing problems and the chemicals in the nail products.
After reading Nir’s article, what was one point concerning the health risks to the workers that caught your attention?