Potential Health and Safety Impacts of Chemicals in Nail Products


The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) is seeking input on specific questions pertaining to Potential Health and Safety Impacts of Chemicals in Nail Products.


Nail salon workers have daily exposure to chemicals in nail products and may have longer work days and work weeks compared to employees in other sectors. Nail products in salons and at home have the potential to expose sensitive subpopulations such as workers, pregnant women (including their fetuses), and children to harmful chemicals. DTSC has identified formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, and toluene, as well as a list of other Candidate Chemicals in nails products that warrant further research. Salon workers and product users inhale or dermally absorb by chemicals in nail products which potentially contribute to or cause health impacts. DTSC is seeking information from stakeholders on the use of potentially hazardous chemicals in nail products, their function and prevalence in these products, and any safer alternatives that are under development or are already in use.


Comment Period
November 15, 2016 to
March 17, 2017 05:00PM PST

Document Type
Work Plan Implementation

Comments Published
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Supporting Documents
Background Document for Nail Products
Webinar Agenda


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