Turning San Francisco Nail Salons Green

A San Francisco Supervisors’ Committee took action Monday to encourage nail salons to replace toxic products with ones that don’t pose a risk to manicurists and their customers.

The so-called toxic trio are three chemicals used in nail polishes and polish removers. Julia Liou of the Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative asked the supervisors’ Public Safety Committee to approve legislation that would give the health department’s stamp of approval to salons that switch to products that are safe.

KCBS Barbara Taylor Reporting:

“Everyone recognizes that this ordinance is a real groundbreaking step for the nail salon community and  will be a great model for other cities to replicate,” Liou said.

It’s estimated there are about 200 nail salons in San Francisco, and many of the workers in those salons are Vietnamese immigrants, some of whom them were at this hearing.

The legislation would give the health dept the authority to recognize salons that use green products, probably by posting a decal in the window. The legislation was approved and sent on to the full board for a vote.

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