In a move welcomed by many, the city of Santa Monica, California, is introducing a program to improve the health of nail salon employees. The initiative is meant to encourage salons to engage in practices such as:
- avoiding nail polish that contains the most toxic chemicals
- making certain that salon workers protect themselves with proper gloves
- improving ventilation within nail salons
Many nail polish brands already have eliminated the use of hazardous chemicals such as dibutyl phthalate, toluene, and formaldehyde, but this program will do even more to protect the health of customers and employees alike.
Approximately 120 nail technicians work in Santa Monica, home to about 30 licensed salons.