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Nail Salons and Public Invited to Healthy Nail Workshop

First 75 Attendees to Receive Free 'Green' Nail Products

Feb. 17, Norwood, Mass. –  Some chemicals in nail products are known to cause headaches, dizziness, respiratory problems, skin rashes and reproductive health hazards. With the help of a community grant from the Toxics Use Reduction Institute at UMass Lowell, the Norfolk County 7 Public Health Coalition is hosting an educational workshop for salon owners, employees and the public to learn how to improve air quality and public health.

More than 100 nail salons are located in the Norfolk County 7 towns of Canton, Dedham, Milton, Needham, Norwood, Westwood and Wellesley.

The workshop “A Night Out with Toxic-Free Nails” on March 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Dedham features talks from the Boston Public Health Commission and study results from Brandeis University about health hazards and air quality in salons. Attendees will learn what can be done to improve the health of employees and customers – from replacing products that contain toxic chemicals with safer products, capping products and improving ventilation.

The first 75 attendees will receive canvas gift bags full of safer nail polish, nail polish remover, foot scrubs and more.

From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. attendees will have an opportunity to network, pick up their gift bags, view exhibits and enter a raffle for more prizes. Appetizers and refreshments will be provided. The formal program begins at 7:30 p.m with the raffle drawing to follow at the conclusion of the program. The event is free but space is limited so please register to reserve your seat.