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Nail Salon Resources

Publications

The "Healthy Nail Salon Project" (PDF, 1 MB) flyer describes the outreach program to salon owners and technicians about creating a safe workplace. It includes pictures of safer practices and techniques. The flyer is also available in Vietnamese (PDF,1MB).

The "How to Handle Nail Salon Waste in King County" (PDF) fact sheet explains how to manage nail salon wastes such as nail polish remover, used cotton balls, and old nail polish. It also discusses how to reduce chemical exposures. The fact sheet is also available in Vietnamese (PDF).

The Nail Polish Remover Waste Characterization (PDF 2.6 MB) (external) report shows that acetone-soaked cotton balls do not designate as Washington State dangerous waste.

Protecting the Health of Nail Salons Workers  (external)
(United States Environmental Protection Agency, March 2007. (English, Vietnamese and Korean.)

Glossed Over: Health Hazards Associated with Toxic Exposures in Nail Salons (external).
(Women’s Voices for the Earth, February, 2007) 

Ventilation (External links)

Washington Administrative Code - WAC 51-52-0403 – Section 403 – Mechanical ventilation

An Evaluation of Local Exhaust Ventilation Systems for Controlling Hazardous Exposures in Nail Salons
(National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, September 2012)

Guidelines for controlling and minimizing inhalation exposure to nail products (English) (Nail Mfg Council)

Sanitation & Safety – Nail Salons

Safety and Sanitation Standards for Cosmetologist, Barbers Manicurists and Estheticians. (External link, Washington State Department of Licensing)

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for Common Nail Salon Chemicals

OSHA requires businesses to provide MSDSs to employees for each product they use in their business. Below are samples of MSDSs for many chemicals used in nail salons.

Product Name: All Nail Hardeners (with Methylene Glycol aka Hydrated Formaldehyde)
Chemical Name: Solvent Mixture – MSDS 100 - English


Product Name: All Nail Hardeners (with Methylene Glycol aka Hydrated Formaldehyde)
Chemical Name: Solvent Mixture – MSDS 100 - Vietnamese


Product Name: All Nail Treatments (without Formaldehyde)
Chemical Name: Solvent Mixture – MSDS 110 - English


Product Name: All Nail Treatments (without Formaldehyde)
Chemical Name: Solvent Mixture – MSDS 110 Vietnamese


Product Name: All Acrylic Polymer Powders - All Shades
Chemical Name: Acrylates Copolymer Powder- MSDS 120 - English

Product Name: All Acrylic Polymer Powders - All Shades
Chemical Name: Acrylates Copolymer Powder – MSDS 120 - Vietnamese


Product Name: All Acrylic Monomer Liquids
Chemical Name: Methacrylate Solution – MSDS 130 - English


Product Name: All Acrylic Monomer Liquids
Chemical Name: Methacrylate Solution – MSDS 130 - Vietnamese


Product Name: All UV Curing Gels (All Shades)
Chemical Name: Methacrylate Mixture – MSDS 140 - English

Product Name: All UV Curing Gels (All Shades)
Chemical Name: Methacrylate Mixture – MDSD 140 - Vietnamese


Product Name: Nail Primer
Chemical Name: Methacrylic Acid Solution – MSDS 150 - English


Product Name: Nail Primer
Chemical Name: Methacrylic Acid Solution –MSDS 150 - Vietnamese


Product Name: Nail Polish
Chemical Name: Solvent Mixture – MSDS 160 - English


Product Name: Nail Polish
Chemical Name: Solvent Mixture – MSDS 160 – Vietnamese