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OSHA QuickTakes: A California Study Reveals Nail Salon Workers May Be At Risk For Exposure To Hazardous Chemicals in Nail Care Products
May 2, 2012, 10:07 am
Filed under: News

In an April 10 letter, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) announced its discovery of certain nail polish and nail care products that may endanger nail salon workers and the public despite being marketed as non-toxic. These findings are especially critical for California’s estimated 121,000 licensed nail care technicians, many of whom are exposed every day to chemicals in poorly ventilated salons. In May 2011, DTSC tested twenty-five nail care products sold by California distributors. Of the nearly half claiming to be “toxic-free,” ten contained toluene and four contained dibutyl phthalate (DBP). Deborah Raphael, Director of DTSC, reports that manufacturers of dangerous, potentially mislabeled products will be required to analyze their products, seek out safer alternative ingredients, or face regulatory actions. For more details of the study, read the DTSC letter (PDF*) at http://www.dtsc.ca.gov/PollutionPrevention/upload/NailSalonLetter041012.pdf

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