Statistics indicate the nail and beauty care industries have grown tremendously during recent years and are considered as billion dollar industries. States such as California and Florida are among the most popular regions in the country to have experienced growth in this personal care sector. However, in California, the Department of Toxic Substances Control has issued a report that reveals that products used in some of the state’s nail saloons contained toxic chemicals. Among the chemicals claimed to be found are formaldehyde, toxic trio and toluene. Each of these types of chemicals is dangerous and poses a serious increase of harm to consumers and workers who have been exposed to them. It has also been reported that some consumers have suffered from hair loss due to being exposed to hair products. Some of the common medical complications associated with the exposure of these chemicals are headaches, cancer, birth defect and other illnesses. Recently, in Florida, at least two manufacturers and two Florida-based distributors of hair products have been issued citations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for failure to warn and protect their workers from formaldehyde products.
Formaldehyde is colorless, has a distinctive odor and is comprised of oxygen, hydrogen and carbon. Hair smoothing and hair straightening products are among the products that this compound is found in the hair care industry. Also, this product is so dangerous that it has been described as “known to be a human carcinogen” by the National Toxicology Program. Under OSHA regulations, workers should only be exposed to the dangerous product for a 15 minute time period. Also, OHSA requires that formaldehyde based products be listed on the material safety data sheet (MSDS), have warning labels and list the side effects of exposure. More so disturbing about the report issued by the state of California’s Environmental Protection Agency is that the sample of products tested claimed to be free of toxic chemicals.
Our Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys advises nail and beauty salon owners the best way to protect workers from these chemicals are to simply do not purchase commodities that contains the toxins. Furthermore, if a worker or a consumer is harmed as a result of an owner’s failure to protect or warn about the hazardous products, then it is possible that the owners could be sued. Also, manufacturers or distributors of these products could be held liable when their products have caused someone to sustain an injury or have been hurt.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in 2011, there were 23 citations issued to salon owners and beauty schools from several states, including Florida. Stiff penalties, such as fines ranging up to $17,500 were imposed against these businesses for failing to protect their workers by overexposing or potential exposure to formaldehyde. If you are a Florida resident and have been exposed to toxic chemicals, including formaldehyde or toxic trio contact our office today to speak with a Fort Lauderdale products liability attorney about your circumstances. Officials from Florida and the federal government continue to investigate these types of claims and our attorneys represent individuals who have suffered a personal injury due to negligence or a defective product.
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