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August 09, 2012
DOL, EPA, and FDA meet to discuss salon safety

The Department of Labor reports that its Interagency Working Group on Salon Worker Health and Safety convened in late July to highlight its progress at the 1-year mark.

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OSHA Chief of Staff Debbie Berkowitz joined with representatives from the federal EPA and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to discuss the hazards to salon employees caused by formaldehyde exposure, particularly in the application of hair-smoothing treatments.

In the past year, OSHA and its state partners have conducted 60 salon and manufacturers/distributors inspections based on complaints, issued hazard alerts, and conducted Web-based education and outreach.

Federal OSHA and State OSHA programs continue to investigate complaints from stylists and hair salon owners about exposure to formaldehyde while using hair smoothing products such as: Brazilian Blowout (Acai Professional Smoothing Solution, Professional Brazilian Blowout Solution), Brasil Cacau Cadiveu, Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy (Natural Keratin Smoothing Treatment, Express Blow Out, Natural Keratin Smoothing Treatment Blonde), and Marcia Teixeira (Advanced Brazilian Keratin Treatment, Extreme De-Frizzing Treatment).

OSHA has conducted air sampling at multiple salons and found formaldehyde in the air when stylists were using hair smoothing products. Some of these products were labeled "formaldehyde free" or did not list formaldehyde on the product label or in the material safety data sheet (MSDS).

See the white paper The Hazards of Salon & Massage Work for more information.

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