November 28, 2011
Thu Quach is a research scientist at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California and one of the few people studying nail salon workers and the health hazards they face.
Quach’s mother, who worked in salons cutting hair and also doing nails, passed away from cancer in 2005. I sat down with Quach at her office in Berkeley, CA to talk about her mother’s influence on her work, what’s being doing to ensure the safety of workers and customers, and what customers can do to help shift salons to safer environments. Quach’s workplace is one member of the CA Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative, a collaboration of more than 30 organizations.