California DTSC Selects Toluene In Nail Care For Potential Phase-Out
The proposal under the state’s Safer Consumer Products regulation marks the ingredient for alternative analyses and potential replacement in nail-care products. California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control cites possible dangers to salon workers in particular, including nervous system, respiratory and developmental toxicity risks.
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Coty, Inc. says methyl methacrylate detected in salon air is “usually the result of illicit use of currently illegal MMA liquid monomer,” but California’s DTSC is not so sure. The California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative says acrylates used to replace MMA, or otherwise found in nail products, pose concerns of their own that warrant investigation under the state's Safer Consumer Products regulation.
The California DTSC has issued a notice of deficiency for the first preliminary alternatives analysis report submitted under the Safer Consumer Products regulation. That report does identify a possible replacement for methylene chloride use in paint strippers, in contrast to an abridged AA report from makers of spray polyurethane foams that claims there is no viable alternative for unreacted methylene diphenyl diisocyanates.