January 31, 2012 |
The company behind the popular Brazilian Blowout hair-straightening treatments will have to warn hairstylists that two of its most popular products can expose users to formaldehyde gas, according to the terms of a settlement with the California attorney general. GIB, based in North Hollywood, had advertised its products as "formaldehyde free," according to the office of Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris, which announced the settlement Monday. The state sued GIB in 2010, charging that significant levels of formaldehyde gas were emitted by the products in testing.
October 9, 2011 |
The stylists at Fred Segal Salon in Santa Monica were doing about two Brazilian Blowouts a day after the hair-smoothing product first came on the market six years ago. The $350 that Fred Segal Salon charged per treatment was a small price to pay for women with unruly curls, who raved about the Blowout's miraculous power to tame frizz and straighten waves for months at a time. "It was a great product. That's why it was so popular," said Fred Segal Salon owner Matthew Preece, who ran fans during the four-hour treatments and encouraged his stylists to wear masks to avoid breathing fumes.
January 24, 1989 |
Two substances commonly used in building materials are also listed by the state Health and Welfare Agency as causing cancer and requiring warnings when consumers are exposed to them in sufficient amounts: Formaldehyde--Found in a broad range of building materials, including adhesives, carpeting, plywood and paneling. Under Proposition 65, consumers must be warned when exposed to 15 micrograms or more a day in a form that can be inhaled, eaten or absorbed through the skin.
December 3, 1987
Two unions asked the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington to order the Labor Department to toughen new regulations it promulgated late last month on worker exposure to formaldehyde, a widely used chemical that is believed to cause cancer. On Nov. 20, the Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that it was lowering permissible worker exposure to formaldehyde by two-thirds, a change it said would benefit 2.1 million workers.
March 11, 1987 |
Occupational exposure to formaldehyde can cause neurological problems, such as slowed reaction times and impaired memory, at levels well below the current government safety standards, a USC scientist has found. As many as 1.6 million American workers, including 500,000 in the textile industry, are exposed to formaldehyde, a chemical widely used in the manufacture of plywood and insulation and for treating fabric to make clothing wrinkle resistant. Since 1981, the U.S.
November 21, 1987 |
Threatened with a federal contempt of court action, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Friday announced that it was dramatically lowering the amount of formaldehyde to which workers may be exposed. Because formaldehyde causes cancer and other occupational illnesses, the change will benefit more than 2.1 million workers, the agency said. But several union health and safety officials said that the change, although beneficial, does not go far enough.