Our Work


Our Accomplishments


  • Published a groundbreaking report, Glossed Over, revealing for the first time the research that documents the dangerous chemicals commonly founds in nail polishes
  • Convinced OPI, Inc., the leading supplier of nail salon products, to remove three hazardous chemicals from their nail polishes

  • Held a groundbreaking research-focused convening in Oakland, CA with over 120 scientists, community based organizations, government agencies, nail salon workers and owners, and advocates, to jointly develop a research agenda for the nail salon and cosmetology sectors.
  • Released the report “Framing a Research Agenda to Advance Worker Health and Safety in the Nail Salon and Cosmetology Communities.”
  • Published articles about worker exposure in venues such as the Women and Environments International Journal, Collective Voices, and blogs for the American Fertility Association and Feminist Majority.
  • Received national media stories in the New York Times, NPR Marketplace, Making Contact, ABC news, and more.
  • Convened several national calls to bring concerned groups, advocates, researchers and allies in government agencies together and strategize next steps.
  • Participated in the OSHA Listens: Occupational Safety and Health Administration Stakeholder Meeting.
  • Held a meeting with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and effectively advocated for nail salon worker safety to be taken up on government agency action plans     
  • Started the first Interagency Working Group, made up of the federal agencies with regulatory authority over this issue
  • Held a Healthy Salons Week of Action in May 2011, which received unprecedented media coverage and included a meeting with federal agencies, a lobby day, and a Congressional briefing entitled
  • Submitted written policy recommendations to federal agencies, many of which agencies are currently taking action on
  • Pressured the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to take action against the manufacturer of Brazilian Blowout, a toxic hair product, resulting in a warning letter from the FDA and a Hazard Alert from OSHA