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The Nail Manufacturers Council (NMC) is a group of nail manufacturers that have come together to help educate techs and salon owners about different issues affecting nail care products and services. The NMC is part of the Professional Beauty Association, and it regularly posts news and findings that pertain to the nail industry on their website,


The NMC recently made some recommendations on how techs can cut down on their exposure to chemicals in the salon.

  • Dispose of all product-contaminated materials, e.g. paper towels, cotton swabs, or other materials in a sealed container or bag.
  • Use trash bins with a self closing lid and place one at every work station.
  • Empty trash bins several times per day and change liners daily.
  • An effective exhaust system provides individual ventilation to each separate work table or station. 
  • Odor does not indicate whether a vapor is safe or not – don’t ventilate to control odors – ventilate to control vapors and dust.
  • Properly ventilate storage areas where professional products are kept.


To see the NMC’s full report along with other studies and reports the NMC has posted, visit


— Tim

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