On April 12, 2011, the United States federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) issued a Hazard Alert for Brazilian Blowout. According to the alert, OSHA and several State OSHA programs are investigating questions and complaints from salon owners and workers about possible formaldehyde exposure from using Brazilian Blowout Solution and other related hair smoothing products.

Brazilian Blowout has been marketed and labeled as “formaldehyde-free.” However, the new findings by federal OSHA and other State OSHA programs suggest that this claim may not be true. A number of agencies have discovered that, on average, Brazilian Blowout contains around 8 percent formaldehyde.

OSHA requires manufacturers of products that contain or release more than .1 percent of formaldehyde to include information about the chemical’s health hazards on the product’s label and in its Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS).

Though OSHA has issued this alert, Brazilian Blowout has not been banned from the market, so stylists may continue to use the product in salons throughout the country. The alert serves as a warning to inform consumers, stylists, and salons, so that they may take precautions against formaldehyde exposure from Brazilian Blowout.

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