Use of appropriate ventilation is necessary in the salon to control vapors and minimize the potential for “sensory irritation” and adverse health reactions. Salons that are not equipped with the appropriate ventilation needed to prevent sensory irritation should NOT provide these services until the situation is corrected. Proper ventilation that is appropriate for the services being performed is VERY important for both the client and salon professional. The best way to prevent clients’ and stylists’ overexposure to formaldehyde vapors is to use local source capture ventilation. As stated by the Professional Keratin Smoothing Council, www.pksc.org, in its, Oct. 2011 press release:
“Aerovex Systems, one of our founding members, is the developer of a hair salon source capture ventilation system, which provides a premiere example of “appropriate” salon ventilation equipment. Such equipment is useful for many types of salon services, including keratin hair smoothing, and can offer an extra layer of protection to help ensure the safety of clients and cosmetologists”.
Using an Aerovex Systems Room Air Purifier in conjunction with their Chemical Source Capture system further reduces the potential for overexposure and helps ensure that all salon workers are prevented from accidentally overexposing themselves to many common vapors and dusts found in the salon.
As the OSHA RECOMMENDED FORMALDEHYDE EXPOSURE ENGINEERING CONTROLS: Toxic and Hazardous Substances ~ 1910.1048 App A; Engineering Controls states: Ventilation is the most widely applied engineering control method for reducing the concentration of airborne substances in the breathing zones of workers.
Use of ceiling fans, opening windows and air conditioning, although they do circulate air and will reduce concentrations of salon chemical vapors, mists and dust, are not proper salon ventilation control measures.