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US Department of Labor continues to cite beauty salons and manufacturers for formaldehyde exposure from hair smoothing products

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OSHA urges salon owners to implement protective measures

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is continuing its efforts to protect workers from the dangers of formaldehyde exposure.

In November, OSHA issued citations and fines to two salons for failing to implement precautions to protect workers from exposure to formaldehyde when using certain hair-smoothing products. Formaldehyde can irritate the eyes and nose; can cause allergic reactions of the skin, eyes and lungs; and is a cancer hazard. Salon owners who decide to use products that may contain or release formaldehyde must follow the requirements of OSHA's formaldehyde and hazard communication standards to keep workers safe. 

For full details, visit the OSHA website at http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/osha/OSHA20111735.htm