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Healthy Nail Salon Recognition Program

The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) is working to keep California consumers and workers, safe from the toxic chemicals that can be found in some nail products. Salon workers, who often spend more than eight hours a day in salons, are particularly vulnerable to exposures from toxic chemicals. Nail products are known to contain such chemicals as dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, and formaldehyde. The Healthy Nail Salon Recognition Program allows local jurisdictions in California to recognize salons that follow voluntary, standardized, healthy nail salon guidelines.

DTSC is pleased to announce the publication of guidelines for Healthy Nail Salon Recognition programs on April 19, 2018. You can access the guidelines by following this link:

DTSC Healthy Nail Salon Recognition Guidelines

Stay Informed

Now that the guidelines areavailable, DTSC will be developing materials that local governments can use to adopt the program and engage nail salon workers, owners, and customers. If you’d like to receive updates on these materials, please sign up for DTSC’s HNSR e-list


Assembly Bill AB2125, (Ch. 564, Stats. 2016) added section 25257.2 to the chapter 6.5 of the Health and Safety Code, which required DTSC to publish guidelines to assist local government agencies in California to voluntarily establish and implement Healthy Nail Salon Recognition (HNSR) Programs.

DTSC HNSR Program guidelines include:

  • A list of benefits of implementing the voluntary HNSR program;
  • Implementation requirements for local government agencies;
  • Criteria for compliance with the requirements of other regulatory
  • Topics for nail salon staff training;
  • Criteria for adopting safer nail products,
  • A list of safer work practices;
  • A list of engineering controls;
  • Requirements for salons to obtain and maintain certification;and
  • A list of elements to be included in an implementation plan for
    local government agencies.

Nail salons that choose to follow the voluntary HNSR Program guidelines will receive a sealed certification from their local government agency HNSR Program coordinators. DTSC also plans to release outreach material for program implementation, training of nail salon staff, and customer education program in early 2018.

View AB2125 Bill.