Brazilian Blowout Asthma and respiratory problems

May 27, 2011 @ 03:04 PM -- by

As a Brazilian Blowout lawyer and attorney, I know that some hairdressers or salon workers may have respiratory problems or occupational asthma because of exposure to this product. The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (O.S.H.A.) has recently issued a Hazard Alert for those persons using Brazilian Blowout Products. The Hazard Alert occurred when a hair stylist began having nosebleeds, eye irritation, and difficulty breathing while using a Brazilian Blowout product. The Brazilian Blowout product was labeled "formaldehyde-free."

The horrible problem is that some of the Brazilian blowout products have formaldehyde, but do not list it. OSHA has found formaldehyde in the air when hair stylists use these hair smoothing products. Some of these products said "formaldehyde-free" on the label, while some did not list formaldehyde on the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) or on the product label. Formaldehyde, a toxic ingredient, has been linked to very serious problems like blindness and cancer. Formaldehyde is a colorless, strong-smelling gas which presents a health hazard when workers are exposed. Some of the hair salons have tried to protect their patrons by banning Brazilian Blowout or taking precautions such as eye wash stations and proper ventilation.

Because of bad publicity from the media and various government agencies, Brazilian Blowout introduced a Zero line in March 2011. The Zero Line alleges to be formaldehyde-free. However, a study by the Oregon Health & Science University showed formaldehyde levels as high as 4.85% to 10.6% in a treatment which claimed to be formaldehyde free.

Federal and state OSHA organizations are currently investigating complaints from hair stylists and hair salon owners about this exposure to formaldehyde while using Brazilian Blowout products, as well as other hair smoothing products (including Brazilian Blowout knock offs).

California has recently filed a proposed preliminary injunction after it was found that Brazilian Blowout's Smoothing Solution had over eight times the amount of permissible formaldehyde in it. Interestingly, six other countries have pulled hair-straightening chemicals from their shelves and hair salons because of formaldehyde. OSHA will continue to work with the United States Food and Drug Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to monitor the problem.

If you or a loved one has been exposed to Brazilian Blowout and have respiratory problems or occupational asthma, contact Brazilian Blowout lawyer Scott Nelson for help.