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Chemicals used in nail salons can pose a hazard to salon workers. TURI helps salons implement safer alternatives.

Norfolk County 7 to Educate Nail Salons

TURI recently awarded the Norfolk County 7 Public Health Coalition a $25K grant to raise awareness of toxic chemical exposure in nail salons, focusing on promoting safe product use and behavior.

The group will host a regional conference to educate nail shop owners and workers about the health effects of toxics such as acetone, formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate and more. They will deliver free samples of less toxic alternatives during site visits to encourage owners to try, and then switch to, the safer products. The Norfolk County 7 towns that are participating in this project include Canton, Dedham, Milton, Needham, Norwood and Westwood.

Resources for Workers and Salon Owners

Workers in salons use, and are exposed to, a variety of potentially harmful chemicals. These include solvents, toluene, acrylates, adhesives, phthalates and formaldehyde. Often salons are poorly ventilated, increasing the concentration of chemicals in the air.

TURI provides resources for cosmetology workers and salon owners that explain the hazards of the materials they use, and helps them find safer alternatives.