OSHA: Hair products could release formaldehyde

April 12, 2011 6:48:53 AM PDT
Hair salon owners and workers could be exposed to formaldehyde by working with some hair smoothing and straightening products.

After investigating some complaints, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a hazard alert on Monday.

Formaldehyde exposure has been linked to nose and lung cancer.

To avoid formaldehyde exposure, OSHA says that hair care professionals should not use products that contain the following:
-Methylene glycol
-Methylene oxide
-Formic aldehyde
-Chemical Abstract Service Number 50-00-0

OSHA has ongoing investigations at salons and of importers/distributors/manufacturers relating to hair smoothing and straightening products.