Safety of Professional Hair Smoothing Treatments under Review
“Consumer and worker safety is, always, the paramount concern for the cosmetic industry. This is why the Council has joined with U.S. FDA in asking the Cosmetics Ingredient Review to review the safety of formaldehyde (and methylene glycol) in professional use hair smoothing products. In addition, we have urged FDA to work with state and local organizations, as well as with the federal OSHA, which is responsible for regulating workplace safety, to objectively determine if salon hair smoothing products emit levels of formaldehyde gas that are unsafe for consumers and salon workers under their intended conditions of use.”
– from the Personal Care Products Council “Executive Update”
Doug Schoon has responded to an article on I Can Has Science which questions his recent press release.
Here is Mr. Schoon’s response:
“I hope you will allow me to make a correction. I am not representing any company that sells these products. My press releases made that very clear. I am helping some companies, as well as government regulators and activists understand the chemical issues, e.g. to correct MSDS sheets, proper labels, correct testing, recommending proper ventilation, etc. That is my area of expertise, as well as, being a salon safety advocate for the past 20+ years. I can’t help who quotes me, that’s the risks of going public and I don’t mind when they do, as long as I am accurately quoted. Actually, I have been working with many other scientists to help clear up the misconceptions about formaldehyde for more than 7 years, so this is not a new issue.
I fully agree with you that an equilibrium exists and said so repeatedly. I love your graphics, but the equilibrium ratio is not 3 to 1, the ratio is 996 to 4 in favor of Methylene Glycol. Misunderstandings like this is what lead Oregon OSHA to originally misreport the levels of free Formaldehyde. That is my only complaint with them. I have a huge respect for OSHA and the important work they do.
Now Oregon OSHA has finally done some air monitoring studies, which is a step in the right direction and the FDA has asked the CIR to looking into both Formaldehyde and Methylene Glycol, so hopefully we can get down to science and move away from speculation based on misinformation. Again, my only interest is to help clear up the long standing misconception that Formaldehyde is a cosmetic ingredient. It is not and never has been! Shampoos, conditioners, body lotions, even nail polish… none of these have ever contained Formaldehyde as an ingredient. That would be impossible, since Formaldehyde is an anhydrous and highly reactive gas. Please feel free to contact me and I’d be happy to discuss this in more detail.”
SAO PAULO, Brazil, Dec. 6, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Cadiveu Brazil, one of the first companies to produce Brazilian Keratin Treatments, has always been committed to providing safe and effective products. Following the recent controversy surrounding formaldehyde use in salon treatments, Cadiveu has undertaken extensive testing, which has confirmed that the presence of measurable formaldehyde during a Cadiveu Brazilian Thermal Reconstruction application is significantly below OSHA’s most stringent standards for safety over an eight hour period. One Brazilian keratin manufacturer admits to the treatment releasing formaldehyde, but it was well under stringent safety standards when used properly; especially if salons are using the Chemical Source Capture System. For more information on this research, go to www.cadiveuusa.com.
As extreme as it may sound, salons across the United States and Canada are using gas masks as a “safer” alternative for clients undergoing the popular Brazilian Keratin hair process. Last month, the smoothing treatment came under fire when Oregon’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (or OSHA) found significant levels of formaldehyde in the Brazilian Blowout solution. In order to keep both stylists and clients safe, salons have begun implementing goggles, gloves and gas masks as protective measures, keeping those performing & undergoing the treatment, out of harm’s way.
But how far is too far? “You have to have the proper ventilation,” says Tracy Pohlkamp, owner of Indulge Studios in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. Holding a respirator to your face, while undergoing the 90 minute process isn’t the right way to keep patrons safe, but it’s also not leaving them with an enjoyable experience.
The Chemical Source Capture System, developed by Aerovex Systems, is a specialized ventilation system that not only lowers the potential for excessive inhalation exposure, but also absorbs and removes the chemical vapors from the air emitted during the Brazilian Keratin process. In addition to creating a well ventilated area, there is no need for gas masks or facial respirator to be applied. The Chemical Source Capture System keeps the air in salons fresh and most importantly clean. By enabling this ventilation system, stylists and clients are not only safe, but comfortable and happy to see salons going the extra mile for their safety.
To purchase the Chemical Source Capture System, visit the Aerovex Systems store.