Board of Supervisors

Santa Clara County Considers ‘Healthy Nail Salon’ Ordinance

A proposed county ordinance would protect nail technicians, who work long hours around toxic chemicals. (Photo by Matthias Schaefgen, via Flickr)

Santa Clara County may enact a health ordinance to protect nail technicians, who work long hours around toxic chemicals. About 80 percent of the 7,200 registered nail technicians in the county are Vietnamese. The vast majority are immigrant women, around childbearing age, who report headaches, pregnancy complications and other health problems because of the work they do.

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