The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced it partnered with the Georgia Concerned Beauty Professionals in Atlanta to improve worker protection regarding hazardous chemicals in salon work environments. OSHA said workers in the industry are often exposed to potentially harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde. This substance poses a health hazard to workers as it could cause eye and nose irritation as well as issues in the skin and lungs. With toxic airborne chemicals potentially affecting employee health and productivity in salons, employers may want to consider turning to air purification solutions.
“OSHA and other federal, state and non-U.S. government agencies have taken action to address the emerging problem of formaldehyde exposure to hair smoothing products,” said Teresa Harrison, OSHA’s acting regional administrator in Atlanta. “This alliance demonstrates OSHA’s commitment to the safety and health of workers in this industry.”
Employers should ensure workers undergo hazard communication training for dangerous chemicals like formaldehyde by having them review material safety data sheets and pay attention to product labels that list these chemicals as part of their contents. OSHA said it has discovered the presence of formaldehyde that was greater than limits allowed in salons where workers may have used products designed for hair smoothing.
Salon staff who are exposed to toxic fumes may have their health severely affected especially if they work long hours, according to Working In These Times Magazine. Facilities where these employees work may also have poor ventilation, which may result in overexposure to these chemicals.
Employers and workers who may be concerned about the health effects of dangerous chemicals like formaldehyde could implement air purification solutions to remove contaminants and ensure workers are breathing clean air.
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