- Healthy Nail Salon Recognition Program
- Director's Letter
- Director's Letter (Vietnamese)
- Press Release
- Press Release Vietnamese
- Nail Products Findings Report
- Report Abstract (Vietnamese)
- Nail Products Findings Report Appendices
- Safer Consumer Products Regulations
- Pollution Prevention & Green Technology
- Toxics in Products
Safer Nail Products
DTSC cares deeply for people who might be exposed to the harmful effects of chemical exposure, and since the Safer Consumer Products regulations were enacted on Oct. 1, 2013, its Safer Consumer Products program has worked to establish safer places for the workers, owners and customers of nail salons.
Part of this effort resulted from a study released by DTSC in 2012 that found numerous nail care products sampled in the San Francisco Bay Area displayed toxic-free claims that weren't supported in laboratory testing. The study provided a snapshot of whether potentially harmful chemicals could be found in available products. Find the study here.
Under its 2015-2017 Priority Product Work Plan, DTSC has researched whether manufacturers of nail care products should be required to find safer alternatives for current chemicals used in them. Nail salon products are included in the Work Plan's the personal care, beauty, and hygiene product. DTSC hosted a daylong public workshop focused on the potential health and safety impacts of chemicals in nail products. The workshop provided information to the department about what products are of concern and should be considered as possible Priority Products.
The Department of Toxic Substances Control issued guidelines to
help local government agencies in California voluntarily establish and
implement a program to make salons healthier for nail care workers, owners and
customers. Workers in California's estimated 48,000 nail salons are often
exposed to toxic chemicals such as toluene, formaldehyde, and dibutyl
phthalate. Exposure to these and other chemicals present in nail salon products
is associated with higher risks of cancer and developmental and reproductive
harm. The guidelines help local agencies establish a Healthy Nail Salon
Recognition Program as mandated by AB2125 (Chiu). Consumers can look for salons
that display gold or silver certificates. For more information visit the Healthy Nail Salon
Recognition Program web page.
Current News Regarding the Nail Salon Industry
Guidance on Becoming a "Green" Nail Salon
Reduce your use of harmful chemicals to become a greener nail salon! The following checklist can help salons identify work practices to become a healthier, more sustainable business:
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