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.