Controlling Chemical Hazards during Application of Artificial Nails – fact sheet, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Protecting the Health of Nail Salon Workers (PDF) – brochure, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (21 pages)
Artificial Fingernails and Indoor Air Quality (PDF) – fact sheet, Division of Occupational Safety, Massachusetts Department of Labor
Toxics Use Reduction Institute Cosmetology Projects – University of Massachusetts at Lowell research and education projects and related educational materials
Nail Products & Polishes that Contain Chemicals of Concern – Women's Voices of the Earth research using data from the CSCP
Fragrances and Work-Related Asthma: Information for Workers (PDF) | Spanish (PDF) | Chinese (PDF)
Fragrances and Work-Related Asthma
Workplace Fragrance-Free Policy (Word)
Fact sheets on some chemicals that may be found in cosmetics:
Methyl Methacrylate (PDF)
Techniques to Achieve Naturally Healthy Hair (USEPA) – provides information on chemicals found in hair care products, potential health impacts, and alternatives for consumers and hair care professionals.
Formaldehyde in Hair-Smoothing Products (USFDA) – provides information on formaldehyde in hair-smoothing products, regulation of products, salon safety and advice to consumers.
Salon Workers and Work-Related Asthma (NH Department of Health and Human Services) (PDF) – provides information on how to recognize work-related asthma, hazardous ingredients, best practices, and choosing safer alternatives for salon workers.
San Francisco's Healthy Nail Salon Program (SF Department of the Environment) – provides information on the legislation that created the San Francisco's Healthy Nail Salon Recognition Program, including the process of recognition and other resources.
Nail Salon Health and Safety (LOHP/UC Berkeley) – a joint project of the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative and the Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP) at the University of California at Berkeley, this booklet provides resources for salon workers, including tips to protect themselves from chemical exposures, ergonomic hazards, and infectious diseases.
Artificial Nails (American Academy of Dermatology) – dermatologists' tips for reducing nail damage.
California Safe Cosmetics Act (PDF) – law that established the California Safe Cosmetics Program; requires cosmetics manufacturers to report products with potentially hazardous ingredients to the State.
California Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Law (Sherman Law) (PDF) – law that regulates the manufacturing and distribution of food, drugs, and cosmetics in California.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Cosmetics Web Page
U.S. Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act (Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations) – law that regulates the manufacturing and distribution of food, drugs, and cosmetics in the U.S.
FDA Color Additives in Cosmetics – requirements for use of color additives in cosmetic products.
CFSAN (Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition) Adverse Event Reporting System (CAERS) – database that contains information on adverse events and product complaint reports submitted to FDA for foods, dietary supplements, and cosmetics.
FDA Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts – database of FDA-regulated products subject to recalls, market withdrawals and safety alerts.
FDA factsheet for Small Businesses & Homemade Cosmetics – FAQs and responses for people who are new to the cosmetics business.
FDA FAQs on Soaps – how federal soap regulations may differ from cosmetics.
Department of Consumer Affairs' Board of Barbering and Cosmetology (BBC) – licensing and enforcement of salons and technicians in California.
Proposition 65 List of Chemicals Known to Cause Cancer or Reproductive Toxicity – California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)
National Toxicology Program (NTP) Report on Carcinogens
NTP Office of Health Assessment and Translation (OHAT) (formerly Center for the Evaluation of Risks to Human Reproduction (CERHR) Chemical Reports
Chemical Reports Index, International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)
National Library of Medicine Toxicology Data Network (Toxnet) – access to databases of chemicals, with corresponding information on human health effects, animal toxicity studies, environmental standards and regulations, chemical/physical properties, etc.
Ingredient Review Panel – reviews selected cosmetic product ingredients, sponsored by Personal Care Products Council, an industry trade association. Reports and ingredient alerts are posted.