The Department of Toxic Substances Control reports several nail polishes found in salons that claim to be "non-toxic" do in fact contain harmful chemicals.
The dangerous substances known as the "toxic trio" includes toluene, DBP and formaldehyde have all been linked to serious illnesses such as asthma and may even cause birth defects.
Although they are potentially harmful, the use of the chemicals is legal if properly labeled, but agency officials say false labeling violates a state law that requires disclosure of harmful chemicals in products.
The agency also noted that poor ventilation in salons tested were a factor in exposing workers and customers to harmful chemicals.
Because of these workplace health issues, some cities around the nation such as San Francisco and New York are taking action by passing laws to increase safety for workers and customers at nail salons and recognizing salons who choose to use products that are free of the toxins with a “green seal” stamp of approval.
The California attorney general's office is looking into the matter and will decide if DTSC's findings will be met with legal actions which can include fines and a law requiring retailers to attach warning labels.
That's great news! Glad to hear the state is moving in the right direction!!
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