Evaluation of a County-based Program to recognize "Healthy Nail Salons"

Principal Investigator:
Thu Quach, Ph.D.
Swati Sharma, M.P.H. (San Francisco Department of the Environment), Sania Tong Argao and Kim Hoang, Ph.D. (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
Funding Source:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and San Francisco Department of the Environment
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Chemical ingredients in cosmetic products are of high concern for nail salon workers who handle nail care products containing hazardous compounds. The City of San Francisco, California passed an ordinance establishing a voluntary “Healthy Nail Salon Recognition Program” for salons that use safer nail products and receive worker safety training. In this study, we evaluate whether participating nail salons in the program have reduced measured levels of select chemicals (toluene, methyl methacrylate, and total volatile organic compounds) compared to salons that did not participate in the program.  We also evaluate changes in worker knowledge and best practices (e.g., use of protective gloves).

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