San Francisco and EPA work to regulate toxins used in nail salons

Unknown to many, nail salons have long been a dangerous place of employment because of the many toxic chemicals that are used in manicures and pedicures. People who work in nail salons and are exposed to the chemicals for several hours a day have reported illnesses due to the chemicals. Now, San Francisco is developing guidelines for its nail salons to protect workers from toxic chemicals.

Known as the toxic trio, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, and formaldehyde are chemicals that are used in nail polishes for top and base coats. While not illegal, they are listed in the Material Safety Data Sheet as chemicals that could cause birth defects and cancer. The San Francisco regulations are working to remove the toxic trio from nail salons across the city.

Already, over half of the nail salons in San Francisco have switched to toxin-free nail polishes. The Environmental Protection Agency is currently working with the White House to develop national legislation that would follow San Francisco’s lead and ban the toxic trio from nail salons throughout the country.

If you or someone you love has suffered an illness caused by toxic chemicals at the workplace, please contact the Minnesota toxic substance exposure lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates at (612) 334-3444.



Cheese company cited for ammonia hazard at manufacturing plant

Davisco Foods International in Jerome, Idaho was recently cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Association for releasing anhydrous ammonia in its manufacturing plant.

The plant, which produces cheese that sells in Minnesota and North Dakota, was ordered to pay a $110,000 fine for the release of the toxic substance. The company was cited for endangering its workers by exposing them to the toxic substance. It was also cited for not providing adequate safety equipment for its employees.

Anhydrous ammonia is a combustible substance that could be toxic to humans if directly inhaled.

If you or someone you love has suffered an illness after being exposed to a toxic substance at work, please contact the Minnesota toxic substance exposure lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates at (612) 334-3444.