Nail salon legislation now in board's hands

San Francisco is paving a new path for environmental consciousness. The Public Safety Committee on Monday signed off on Supervisor David Chiu’s legislation that would encourage nail salons to stop using three toxic products, known as the “toxic trio”: toluene, dibutyl phthalate or formaldehyde. These toxins can be harmful to pregnant women, and cause headaches, nausea and asthma.

The program is not a mandate, rather a way to help San Francisco’s 200 nail salons have information and access to safer non toxic nail products.

“There is more regulation in other jurisdictions in world, unfortunately not here in the U.S. even though there are toxic-free nail salon products available at competitive prices,” Chiu said.

The legislation will now go to the full Board of Supervisors for final approval.

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