California state officials have announced intentions to prohibit a harmful ingredient contained in nail lacquer. According to The San Francisco Chronicle, the solvent, known as toluene, has been designated as a "priority product" for state control. It is used as a thinner to make nails dry faster.
The ban will go into effect on January 1, 2020. Nail salons will be required to provide alternatives to toluene for customers who request them. Solvent emissions are dangerous to humans and animals, with no safe level of exposure. Toluene can cause cancer or neurological damage over time.
The prohibition was proposed after tests showed that many California nail salons were not using alternatives to toluene. These alternatives include alcohol, acetone, and isopropyl alcohol. If you work in a salon that uses toluene, you will be given training on safer practices before it goes into effect.
Toluene is found in many products that you might not think of as beauty items. It is an ingredient in antifreeze, motor oil, and paint. Avoid contact with skin and eyes as well as inhalation during use/handling of products containing this chemical.
Toluene has a number of acute and chronic consequences, including eye and throat irritation, breathing difficulties, and an increased chance of developing allergies and asthma, to mention a few. All developed nations have prohibited the chemical from use in the food business. America's federal regulations prohibit any company that sells products in the United States that contain toluene as an ingredient or on its surface. These countries have deemed the chemical unsafe at any level of exposure.
In general, organic products are treated differently by manufacturers. They cannot include toluene because it is considered a toxic substance inside an organic production facility.
However, this law does not apply to products that contain less than 10 percent organic material. Thus, products such as wine, beer, and liquor can include toluene if they are made exclusively with non-organic ingredients. These products can also include small amounts of toluene for flavoring purposes without being labeled as "toxic".
Furthermore, countries like Japan and China require companies that manufacture products in their country to use only organically produced materials in their facilities. Therefore, all Japanese and Chinese manufacturers must follow strict guidelines when choosing chemicals used in production processes.
In conclusion, toluene is considered dangerous and should be used carefully. It has harmful effects on humans, animals, and plants; therefore, it is important to avoid exposure as much as possible.
Chemicals banned under California's new standards include formaldehyde and mercury, as well as numerous phthalates, a dozen PFAS, parabens, and per- and polyfluoroalkyl compounds and their salts. Some of these compounds are recognized to pose dangers, while others are being investigated for possible damage.
The new rules go into effect on January 1, 2020.
California is the first state to enact such stringent regulations. President Donald Trump has expressed his opposition to California's move and has tried to block it through executive action, but an injunction has been issued by a federal judge who said that Trump cannot withhold funds from California over its climate change policies.
In addition to banning certain chemicals, the new law requires manufacturers to provide information about the products they sell in California and forces them to disclose whether their products have been found to cause cancer or other health problems.
California has increasingly moved away from petroleum products and toward renewable sources of energy, so this law represents another step forward for green technology. It will also reduce exposure to dangerous chemicals for residents who live and work in California.
According to the Center for Environmental Health, one of the leading organizations behind the new law, thousands of chemicals are used in consumer products today without any testing for safety factors like long-term effects or interactions with other substances.