The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is warning workers and consumers about the dangers of formaldehyde exposure, and every Connecticut Workers Compensation Attorney at Carter Mario Injury Lawyers is ready to answer your legal questions about this issue. OSHA has found that certain beauty products companies are continuing to manufacture hair-smoothing products that contain formaldehyde. These products are used in hair salons, exposing both salon workers and consumers to formaldehyde exposure.
Formaldehyde can irritate the eyes and nose; can cause allergic reactions of the skin, eyes and lungs; and is a cancer hazard. Salon owners who decide to use products that may contain or release formaldehyde must follow the requirements of OSHA’s formaldehyde and hazard communication standards to keep workers safe.
According to the OSHA safety alert, salons and beauty schools in Connecticut have been cited and fined for failing to protect workers and consumers from overexposure. Some of these violations include failing to communicate the hazards of exposure to formaldehyde, provide needed protective equipment and test air levels.
Formaldehyde can make you feel sick if you breathe a lot of it. People can have symptoms such as:
If you believe you’ve become ill from formaldehyde exposure, speak with a Connecticut Workers Compensation Attorney at Carter Mario Injury Lawyers today. Whether you’re working in an environment with formaldehyde, or you’re a consumer that may have been exposed to products containing formaldehyde, we would be happy to answer your legal questions.