Salon Air Quality & Ventilation Code Experts

1. Keratin treatments for smoothing and straightening hair often utilize either formaldehyde or glutaraldehyde. And, both may be potentially harmful if safe limits are exceeded for prolonged periods.

2. OSHA has established an Action Limit for formaldehyde and salons are required to ensure cosmetologists inhalation exposures 
do not exceed 0.5 ppm 8 hour TWA.

3. Glutaraldehyde containing products (sometimes sold as “Formaldehyde-Free”) creates a 
greater potential risk, which is why California OSHA has set the legal maximum
 inhalation limit for glutaraldehyde at 0.2 ppm 8 hour TWA, less than half that of formaldehyde.

4. Without the proper ventilation cosmetologists may be over exposed to excessive levels of 
either formaldehyde or glutaraldehyde, so they should invest in an efficient ventilation system.

5. Prolonged and/or repeated overexposure to either formaldehyde of glutaraldehyde vapors may cause upper 
respiratory tract irritation, difficulty breathing, and other 
related symptoms, e.g. skin allergic sensitivity or burning/watery eyes.

6. When used properly, the Aerovex Systems’ Chemical Source Capture system can help 
reduce a cosmetologists exposure and help ensure they are working at safe levels.

7. An even greater measure of safety can be obtained by using one or more of the
 Aerovex Systems’ Room Air Purifiers to further scrub these potentially harmful 
vapors from the air and create a more healthful salon environment.

8. Using a Aerovex Systems’ Room Air Purifier in conjunction with the Chemical Source Capture
 System further reduces the potential for over exposure and helps ensure that all salon workers
 are prevented from accidentally over exposing themselves to many common vapors and dusts
 found in the salon.