​​​​Best Management Practices for Hazardous Materials/Waste Handling

These BMP’s are offered as guidance for operators of nail salons and are designed to assist them with the minimum compliance requirements of state and federal regulations. BMPs cover the use, storage and disposal of hazardous materials that become hazardous waste while performing provided services and/or maintenance of equipment and the facility. Totals of all hazardous waste generated in any calendar month at a physical address of the licensed facility may dictate additional regulations.

To the right of the waste heading you will find references to the respective federal and state law. Federal laws for waste management can be found in the  Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)  - 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 260-266, 268, 270-273, 279, 280-282, and 148. State laws for waste management can be found in  Florida Administrative Code (FAC) 62-730 and various  Florida Statutes (F.S.). State laws on waste management are typical more stringent than federal laws.

Typical Waste Streams:

Nail Polish Remover-  40 CFR 261  & 40 CFR 262  | FAC 62-730.030  |  F.S. 403.721

Any product utilized to remove nail polish, artificial nails, or glues by process, and contains equal to or more than 24% alcohol, or has a flash point less than 140 F degrees, is a regulated hazardous waste (D001). This waste stream includes applicators (cotton balls, cloth, etc.) and/or soak off waste from the removal of polish and/or artificial nails and their glues.

All waste from this process can be placed into the same container. The container must be fire resistant, air tight, and labeled with the words Hazardous Waste. Each table can have a “satellite collection” container that is air tight, and then is disposed into the storage container at the end of the business day.

Nail Polish-  40 CFR 261  & 40 CFR 262  | FAC 62-730.030  |  F.S. 403.721

All Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) reviewed to date on nail polish characteristics reveals that the polish is a hazardous material. If the polish is no longer utilized as it was manufactured and is to be disposed of, it is a hazardous waste. The polish can be poured into the waste nail polish remover container for proper storage and later disposal. Once the polish container meets the definition of “empty”, the container can be placed into the normal garbage.

Mercury Containing Lamps/Devices:  40 CFR 273.13  | FAC 62-737 |  F.S. 403.7186 ​​

Mercury containing lamps/devices are considered a potential hazardous waste because they contain the heavy metal Mercury.  However, if you recycle your mercury containing lamps/devices, they do not qualify as hazardous waste. It is considered a Universal Waste as long as documentation of the recycling activity is properly recorded and retained. Please call the P2/SQG program for a list of lamp/devices recyclers and handling instructions. Caution: if a supplier tells you that their bulbs are environmentally safe, remember that they are trying to sell you a product, and that they may not be familiar with the State and Local regulations that pertain to the proper recycling or disposal of these mercury-containing lamps. Lamps or devices with any mercury must be recycled.

Additional Fluorescent Tube Information

For storage of ignitable/flammable liquid products, contact your local Fire Marshall for specific storage requirements within that District.

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