Ventilation Systems Required in New York Nail Salons

As part of the New York governor's initiative to reform laws protecting workers in the nail salon industry, mechanical exhaust systems with at least one inlet at each nail station are required in every salon. The law applies to both existing salons and new salons; salons licensed before October 3, 2016 have up to five years to put a system in place. (Salons may also request additional time if they can prove that they are making sufficient efforts to comply.) The state guidelines are based on the 2015 International Mechanical Code, used by many industries within the United States.

The 2015 International Mechanical Code states that "Manicure and pedicure stations shall be provided with an exhaust system in accordance with Table 4.03.1.1 Note h. Manicure tables and pedicure stations not provided with factory-installed exhaust inlets shall be provided with exhaust inlets located not more than 12 inches horizontally and vertically from the point of chemical application."

The New York State website has a number of resources for salon owners, including the full set of regulations, a guide to understanding the regulations, and a document for engineers and professional installers to use when under contract with a salon, in order to fully understand the nail industry's unique requirements.

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