The Occupational Safety and Health Act was first conceived in the 1960s and was signed into law (by President Nixon) in 1970. Federal OSHA has found formaldehyde in the air in salons where hair straightening products were used. Some of these products have formaldehyde on their labels or in material safety data sheets, as required by law. However, through research, the agency's aerial tests showed that formaldehyde was at levels above the OSHA limits in salons, even though the products tested were labeled as formaldehyde-free.
While OSHA does not recommend the use of products that contain formaldehyde, OSHA regulations do not prohibit stylists from using these products. OSHA requires stylists to read the labels and material safety data sheets (MSDS) that come with each product. To ensure the safety of employees and customers, hairdressers must comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. The agreement will be signed between OSHA and Concerned Beauty Professionals at noon on Monday, March 31, at the Georgia Institute of Technology, 250 14th Street.
Government agencies have taken steps to address the emerging problem of exposure to formaldehyde in hair straightening products, said Teresa Harrison, Interim Regional Administrator for OSHA in Atlanta. The cosmetologists in these salons work with identical chemicals in identical environments in identical atmospheres. Standard (HCS) for independent contractors This is in response to their memorandum of November 14, 1988 (a copy is attached) requesting an interpretation of the applicability of OSHA rules in booth rental rooms. The cosmetologists in these salons work with identical chemicals in identical environments in identical atmospheres.