Safe Nail Salons
We offer free training and technical assistance at your salon. Our staff helps salon owners to find solutions like improved ventilation and proper use of personal protective equipment. They also help answer questions about regulations.
All Boston nail salons must comply with minimum ventilation specifications listed here.
To demonstrate compliance:
- Salons must submit a completed BPHC ventilation checklist, stamped by a licensed mechanical engineer
- A mechanical engineer's report showing that ventilation systems meet requirements
Required ventilation includes:
- Mechanical ventilation exhausts fumes outside (0.6 CFM/FT²)
- Mechanical ventilation brings air into the salon (0.12 CFM/FT² + 20 CFM/occupant)
- Makeup air and exhaust air ducts are separate
- Source capture at manicure tables and foot baths (able to exhaust a minimum of 50 CFM per station)
Source capture takes in air where services take place, such as a manicure or pedicure station, and exhausts it out of the salon. This air cannot mix with salon air or recirculate into the salon space. Click here to learn about source capture compliance.