California DTSC’s Nail-Care Focus May Not End With Toluene
Other nail-care chemicals beyond toluene could be selected down the line for Priority Product consideration under California’s Safer Consumer Products regulation, the program’s Acting Deputy Director Karl Palmer suggested in an interview. For now, the Department of Toxic Substances Control is moving its toluene documents through peer review, with possible rulemaking to follow.
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San Francisco Department of the Environment calls for solvents in nail products – not just toluene – to be prioritized for alternative analyses under California’s Safer Consumer Products regulation. Women’s Voices for the Earth encourages the DTSC to zero in on airbrush nail paints and to take an active role in promoting green chemistry innovation in nail care overall.
The American Chemistry Council says the department’s draft profile for nail products containing toluene, the latest Priority Product proposed under California’s Safer Consumer Products regulation, does not properly differentiate between consumer and worker exposures. The Personal Care Products Council primarily wants to ensure that toluene is properly excluded when present as a trace contaminant.