WHAT AB 2775 CALLS FOR
AB 2775 will require manufacturers to list ingredients on the labels of professional cosmetic products sold in California, excluding fragrance and colorants. Hair stylists, nail manicurists, and other salon and barber professionals have a right-to- know what chemicals they are being exposed to in the workplace.
WHY WE NEED AB 2775
The predominantly female nail and hair salon workforce regularly and often handles nail polish remover, glues, polishes, straighteners, and other beauty care products containing a multitude of chemicals known or suspected to cause cancer, and respiratory, neurological, and reproductive harm.
Although manufacturers are legally required to list ingredients on the labels of cosmetics sold at the retail level, they have no similar legal obligation when it comes to professional cosmetics. This lack of transparency hampers beauty professionals’ ability to make informed choices about the products they use and measures they can take to protect their health. It also obstructs their ability to inform customers about the presence of unsafe chemicals used in these products.
CHEMICALS IN PRODUCTS
Some of the most hazardous chemicals in nail and hair salon products include the following:
• Formaldehyde - a carcinogen which is known to cause asthma and allergic dermatitis, may be linked to reproductive harm, and irritates the eyes, nose, throat and skin. Found in many hair straightening products.
• Toluene - a neurological and a developmental toxicant that
can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, symptoms similar to drunkenness, loss of short-term memory and may
contribute to spontaneous abortions.
• Sodium hydroxide (lye) - extremely corrosive and can cause pain, redness, burns, and blistering and result in permanent
scarring. Can also cause eye damage. This chemical has also been linked to uterine fibroids.
• Triphenyl phosphate (TPhP) - a suspected endocrine disruptor and a concern at low doses. Can be absorbed through the
nails or skin.
AB 1575 Author: Assemblymember Ash Kalra
Co-Authors: Assemblymembers Wendy Carillo, Brian Maienschein, and Marie Waldron
Black Women for Wellness
- Contact: Nourbese Flint
Women's Voices of the Earth
- Contact: Jamie McConnell
California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative
- Contact: Catherine Porter
Breast Cancer Prevention Partners
- Contact: Janet Nudelman
- ACT for Women and Girls
- Alaska Community Action against Toxics
- American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
- Asian Health Services
- Asian Immigrant Women Advocates
- Asian Pacific Environmental Network
- California Labor Federation
- Clean Water Action
- Community Health Partnerships
- Consumer Federation of California
- Environmental Working Group
- National Employment Law Project
- Physicians for Social Responsibility- Bay Area
- Physicians for Social Responsibility- Los Angeles
- San Mateo County Healthy Nail Salon Recognition Program
- Sierra Club California
- Silent Spring Institute
- UCLA Labor Center
- Women's Foundation of California