Healthy Nail Salon Program (HNSRP), a statewide health and safety recognition program for nail salons, is a mechanism to improve working conditions in an industry largely owned and serviced by Asian immigrant and refugee workers.
In 2005, Asian Health Services, an Oakland-based community clinic, established the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative after the organization’s community health workers noticed that nail salon workers, who are primarily low-income immigrant women, were suffering from a number of job-related health issues. Nail salon workers are exposed to hazardous chemicals and inadequate ventilation systems for eight to ten hours every workday, leading to adverse health issues (respiratory issues, chronic pains, miscarriages, etc.). In 2016, the Collaborative advocated for the Healthy Nail Salon Act (AB-2125, 2016), which created the certification program recognizing nail salons that have adopted best practices to prioritize worker health, like the installation of mechanical ventilation and utilization of safer products. Currently, there are 200 Certified Healthy Nail Salons. To learn more about the Collaborative and the nail salon industry, read here. To learn more about the nail salon industry nationwide, read a study from the UCLA Labor Center in partnership with the Collaborative here.
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