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State Policies 



  • The Green Chemistry Bill (AB 1879/SB 509, enacted in 2008) gives the California Environmental Protection Agency greater authority to regulate toxins in consumer products.  It also establishes authority for the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to develop regulations that create a process for identifying and prioritizing chemicals of concern and to create methods for analyzing alternatives to existing hazardous chemicals.  And, it establishes a Green Ribbon Science Panel made up of experts to provide advice on scientific matters, chemical policy recommendations and implementation strategies, as well as ensuring implementation efforts are based on a strong scientific foundation.
  • The California Safe Cosmetics Act (SB 484, enacted in 2005), requires cosmetics manufacturers to fully disclose the ingredients of their products sold in California to California's Department of Health Services. If the ingredients include chemicals that are on state or federal lists of substances known to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity, the products will be subject to regulation and investigation by the Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control.
  • Proposition 65 (enacted by ballot initiative in 1986) requires the state of California to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm.  California businesses are required to provide a "clear and reasonable" warning before exposing anyone to a chemical on the list.  However, small businesses with fewer than ten employees are exempt from the warning requirement.  It is believed that, because of Proposition 65, toluene has been removed from many nail salon products sold in California.
  • The San Francisco Nail Salon Recognition Ordinance passed in October with two unanimous votes by the full Board of Supervisors in San Francisco! This ordinance will establish a voluntary recognition program for salon owners that supports their efforts to stop using nail polish including base and top coats, containing the Toxic Trio (DBP, formaldehyde, and toluene).


  • The Boston Public Health Commission recently approved new Nail Salon Regulations to improve safety conditions in nail salons by forbidding reuse of emery boards, mandating regular cleaning of gurgling foot baths, and urging better ventilation. The unanimous vote by the Boston Public Health Commission caps a three-year campaign to address long-standing concerns about the safety of salon workers and their customers, who can be exposed to germs when implements aren't cleaned thoroughly and to toxic fumes from nail polish and other chemical-laden beauty products.





  • The Colorado Safe Personal Care Products Act (HB 1248, proposed in 2010) would prohibit the sale or distribution of personal care products in Colorado that contains a chemical known to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity.  The bill would allow consumers to sue a manufacturer who violated this law.  This bill died in committee in March 2010.

New York

  • S 590 (proposed in 2009) authorizes the promulgation of regulations that will require the use of adequate ventilation.  The bill would protect the health of nail salon workers by changing the minimum standards for air quality and ventilation within nail salons. 
  • S 4747/A 7078 (proposed in 2009) requires nail salons to provide masks and gloves to nail salon technicians.  Workers are not required to wear them.  The legislation passed the Assembly on July 8, 2010 and is awaiting the governor's signature.
  • S 5478 (proposed in 2009) would prohibit the manufacture, distrubution, and use of nail products containing dibutyl phthalates, toluene, or formaldehyde (the toxic trio) in New York.