Nail Manufacturer Council on Safety Publications



Professional Beauty Association ('PBA') is a non-profit, trade association that has, in various forms, for over 100 years, represented manufacturers, distributors, and salons, with an exclusive focus on the professional, salon industry. PBA membership includes the leading manufacturers and distributors of professional-use, salon cosmetic products, representing about ninety percent (90%) of the products sold in the salon industry.

In 1990, PBA sponsored the creation of the Nail Manufacturer Council on Safety ("NMC"). The NMC comprises the leading manufacturers of nail care products sold to, and used in, professional salons. NMC members cooperate with the association to assure the dissemination of education, training, and technical information concerning nail care products. Through the NMC, PBA seeks to build a model of intra-industry cooperation for the safe and environmentally sound delivery of nail care products. The NMC, like PBA, has been active in working with international, federal, and state bodies to maintain high professional standards and ensure the safety of industry professionals and their customers, as well as the communities they serve.


New, Independent Study by Leading Researchers Finds UV Nail Lamps Do Not Cause Cancer -
September 2013


Download and read the Statement of Professional Beauty Association Nail Manufacturers Council on Safety on Gel Manicures.


UV Nail Lamps Don't Appear to Cause Skin Cancer*


Little Risk of Skin Cancer Associated with the Use of Nail Lamp*

*New independent study by leading researchers concludes that UV nail lamps do not play a substantial role in the risk of developing skin cancer. The researchers calculated it would take 250 years of weekly UV nail sessions to equal risk of exposure associated with one course of narrow band UVB treatments for certain kinds of skin conditions


Photobiological Safety Evaluation of UV Nail Lamps

Dowdy, J. C. and Sayre, R. M. (2013), Photobiological Safety Evaluation of UV Nail Lamps. Photochemistry and Photobiology, 89: 961-967. doi: 10.1111/php.12075

Abstract

We evaluated six UV nail lamps representative of major US manufacturers to evaluate radiant hazards as defined in ANSI/IESNA RP-27 Recommended Practice for Photobiological Safety. Lamps were evaluated at three positions, 1 cm above the inner surface approximating exposure to the hand and the 20 cm RP-27 non-general light source distance, oriented normal and 45° °. Hazard to skin at intended use distance classified these devices into Risk Group 1 or 2 (Low to Moderate) with S(λ) weighted Actinic UV ranging 1.2-1.7 μW cm-² and 29.8-276.25 min permissible daily exposure. At 20 cm on center and 45° UV risk to skin and eyes were all within Exempt classification. Actinic UV ranged 0.001-0.078 μW cm-² and unweighted near UV (320-400 nm) ranged 0.001-0.483 mW cm-². Likewise the retinal photochemical blue light hazard and retinal thermal and cornea/lens IR were also Exempt. One device had aphakic eye hazard slightly rising into Risk Group 1 (Low). There were no other photobiological risks to normal individuals. Total exposure following programmed times and steps accumulate to only a small fraction of RP-27 permissible daily occupational exposure. These risks are further mitigated in realistic nonoccupational use scenarios as it is unlikely to be a daily occurrence.


Gel Manicures and Pedicures
The next big thing in nails--what, why, and how.

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UV Gel Manicures
Proper Removal for Continued Nail Health

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UV Nail Lamp Study.
Yes, UV Nail Lamps are safe for use – find out just how little the exposure really is.

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California Department of Toxic Substances Control Report on Nail Products Lacks Perspective and Balance Says Professional Beauty Association's (PBA) - Nail Manufacturer Council on Safety (NMC)

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Get the perspective and balance the CA DTSC report failed to provide

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Guideline for Cleaning and Disinfecting Manicuring and Enhancement Equipment
A handy reference for Nail Professionals on proper manicure & enhancement equipment cleaning/disinfecting

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Guidelines for Controlling and Minimizing Inhalation Exposure to Nail Products
A “must have” for Nail Professionals to minimize inhalation exposure in the salon

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Pedicure Equipment Cleaning and Disinfecting Procedures
Learn how to avoid build-up in pedicure tub pipes, helping to keep equipment running at peak performance

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Guidelines for Controlling and Minimizing Skin Exposure to Nail Products
Using these guidelines will help ensure healthy nail product application

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Nail Hardeners: Formaldehyde or Formalin?
What is really used in those nail hardeners? Here’s the facts.

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Protecting the Health of Nail Salon Workers - A Guide
Questions about how to read an MSDS?  Want to upgrade your safe working habits?  Reading this guide will help.

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Nail Salon Workers: Health and Safety, Working Conditions, Compensation, and Demographics.
Discover why being a nail salon worker can be a good thing.

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Facts About Salon Nail Polish Products For Consumers
Worried about what’s in your nail polish? Learn the facts and rest assured.

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Methyl Methacrylate Monomers
What is MMA? Why shouldn’t it be used in nail enhancement products?

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Oprah Rumor Article
If Looks Could Kill....get to the bottom of the latest beauty scares....and rest assured.

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What to Look Out for in a Nail Salon
Feel comfortable entering a salon by looking for key indicators of good hygiene and proper application

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Ergonomic Basics For Nail Professionals
Repetitive stress injury can be avoided– learn how in this helpful brochure.

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"Investigation of the Potential for Microbial Contamination in Nail Polish (2008)"
Nail polish brushes are safe for use on multiple clients – learn the details here.

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