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Hair straightening with health risks.
SENSOR Occup Lung Dis Bull Winter 2011-2012; :1-2
Hair stylists who use keratin hair-smoothing treatments on their client's hair are at risk for exposure to formaldehyde, a known asthmagen and carcinogen. This Occupational Lung Disease Bulletin provides a summary of recent FDA and OSHA actions warning stylists and consumers about the health hazards associated with straightening hair treatments. Despite claims of being "formaldehyde free" many products have been documented to release formaldehyde to the salon environment. To date no cases of work-related asthma (WRA) associated with hair straightening have been reported in Massachusetts. However, nearly 20 confirmed WRA cases reported exposures to formaldehyde in a variety of industries, including healthcare, lumber mills, paper-making, plastics and jewelry box manufacture. If your patients are employed in salons, notify them about the risk of formaldehyde.
Hairdressers; Formaldehydes; Carcinogens; Occupational-health; Work-environment; Workers; Occupational-exposure; Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Bronchial-asthma; Surveillance-programs; Health-hazards; Air-contamination; Indoor-air-pollution; Worker-health; Work-practices
Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Occupational Health Surveillance Program, 250 Washington Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02108
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SENSOR Occupational Lung Disease Bulletin
Massachusetts State Department of Public Health
Page last reviewed: May 5, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division