OSHA issues hazard alert to hair salon owners

OSHA issues hazard alert to hair salon owners

By KBJR News 1

April 14, 2011 Updated Apr 14, 2011 at 12:00 PM CDT

A warning from the government tonight to hair salon owners and workers about the potential formaldehyde exposure from working with some hair products.

Federal OSHA's air tests showed formaldehyde at levels greater than the limit listed for a salon in Oregon, California and Connecticut.
Formaldehyde, a chemical that can cause the health problems such as nosebleeds, eye irritation, and trouble breathing has become an issue in salons in the last 6 months.
Owner of Utpoia Salon, Marie Chavez says they are taking significant precautions for their employees.

"We have a charcoal filter ventilation system that traps any vapors that come into the air, so it keeps it away from our stylists and the customer. And we also use well protection on our hands for as far as gloves and then wash our hands immediately after touching the product." "

Minnesota OSHA spokespeople said Minnesota Salons have not had any complaints of formaldehyde exposure and have not experienced any systems.