Regulations Placed on Nail Salons

Posted on July 11, 2011


A new regulation placed on nail salons across Boston will go into effect this week.  The regulations cover major issues such as disposal of single-use tools, proper sanitation of multi-use tools and foot baths, safety equipment required in the salons, safe chemical handling and storage, and providing chemical safety information for workers.

Information on the regulations can be found on the BPHC web site at:

The regulations require all nail salons in the city of Boston to be permitted through the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC).  To get a permit, nail salons must meet health, sanitation, and chemical safety standards specified in the regulations.  The regulations also require public health notification signs advising customers about health and sanitation issues in salons and provide customers with a phone line to call to report problems. The Safe Shops Program will also continue to provide technical assistance and resources to salons in improving their business to meet these regulations and go above and beyond. Trainings for salon owners to help them learn about the new regulations are available from the BPHC; check out this link for more information.

 How do you feel about these regulations? Please let us know. Also, if you have any questions please call us at the Mayors Health Line (617-534-5050).