OSHA Issues Warning about Dangerous Hair Products

By Peter DePaolis

Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a hazard warning about hair smoothing and straightening products in hair salons. The hazard warning tells hair salon owners and workers about potential exposure to formaldehyde from the dangerous product.

The formaldehyde in hair products such as the Brazilian Blowout brand helps bind keratin to the hair during the straightening process. The products come listed as “formaldehyde free,” but hair stylists and customers reported allergic reactions, including eye irritation, difficulty breathing and nosebleeds. The complaints to OSHA prompted the hazard warning.

Despite the OSHA warning, one hair customer commented that she never experienced any problems when stylists applied the Brazilian Blowout brand to her hair. Nonetheless, some stylists are not using the product in their salons.

Some countries classify formaldehyde as a human carcinogen, but the U.S. Federal Government has not categorized it as such. In the meantime, OSHA urged salon owners to refrain from hair products that do not contain formaldehyde, methylene, glycol, formalin, methylene oxide, paraform, formic aldehyde, methanol, oxomethane, or oxymethylene.

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About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.