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​The Safe Shops Program assis​ts nail salon owners and workers in maintaining best practices in compliance with the BPHC Nail Salon Regulation. Below are our resources, including both regulatory text and other tools to assist nail salons in complying with the Regulation. If you'd like to request an in-person training, please call the Safe Shops Program at 617-534-5965.

BPHC Nail Salon Regulation ​These are the practices with which all nail salons must comply. They are available in English here.
​BPHC Nail Salon Regulation Guidelines ​​These are guidelines that are paired with the Nail Salon Regulation to increase practical understanding of the Regulation. They are available in English and Vietnamese.
​BPHC Nail Salon Regulation Training ​Like the Guidelines, this is paired with the Nail Salon Regulation to increase practical understanding. It is available in English here. For photos of a training, visit the BPHC Facebook page.
​BPHC Nail Salon Permit Application ​Every nail salon must renew their BPHC Nail Salon Permit annually. The permit application is available in both English and Vietnamese here.
​Sanitation checklist ​This document list all the criteria the Environmental Health Office inspectors look for during a nail salon inspection. We recommend that you use this checklist once per week to ensure you are compliant with the BPHC Nail Salon Regulation. It is available here in English and Vietnamese.
​Public Health Notice ​Every nail salon must hang the public health notice text in their salon, in a place that customers can easily view it. It is available here.
​Dry heat sterilizer instructions ​Every nail salon must have and use a dry heat sterilizer or autoclave to sterilize their multi-use tools. To learn more about dry heat sterilizers and autoclaves, click here. Click here for English and Vietnamese instructions on how to use a dry heat sterilizer.
​Dry heat sterilizer/autoclave logbook page template ​Every nail salon must have and use a dry heat sterilizer or autoclave to sterilize their multi-use tools. To demonstrate proper and regular use, nail salons must use indicator test strips, pouches, or tape suitable for their machine and maintain a logbook. The logbook must indicate the date and time each test was performed, type of treatment method (dry heat sterilizer or autoclave), model and serial number of the device used, brand and product name of the test strip used, printed name and signature of the person running the test, and the test strip used to perform the test. We recommend that nail salons maintain a binder or notebook with the required information, since dry heat sterilizer or autoclave records must be kept for one year. For ease, BPHC developed a template that nail salons can print and use. You can access the template here.

To learn more about dry heat sterilizers and autoclaves, click here.
​Examples of compliant and noncompliant source capture ventilation in a nail salon​All nail salons must comply with ventilation requirements as outlined in the 2009 International Mechanical Code as incorporated into the Building Code by October 17, 2018. New nail salons (salons that have never received a permit with the BPHC Environmental Health Office) must comply immediately in order to receive their Nail Salon Permit. The International Mechanical Code requires intake and exhaust ventilation, including ventilation at the point of service (the manicure table or pedicure chair).

Click here for some examples of compliant and noncompliant source capture ventilation in nail salons.
​Ventilation checklist ​All nail salons must comply with ventilation requirements as outlined in the 2009 International Mechanical Code as incorporated into the Building Code by October 17, 2018. New nail salons (salons that have never received a permit with the BPHC Environmental Health Office) must comply immediately in order to receive their Nail Salon Permit. To indicate compliance with the ventilation requirements, nail salons must submit the ventilation checklist completed and stamped by a licensed mechanical engineer, as well as a drawing of the salon's ventilation system produced by a mechanical engineer.

To access a copy of the ventilation checklist, click here. To learn more about required ventilation, click here.​​

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