For years we have worked to raise awareness about harmful chemicals used in salon products, and their impact on salon workers' health. Now, during this crisis, our thoughts are with salon workers whose livelihood, like so many others, has been impacted by the pandemic.
Harmful exposures salon workers experience in the workplace as a result of toxic formaldehyde in hair straightening products is an issue that the FDA needs to address immediately.
There are currently around 10,000 ingredients used in cosmetics. Yet, the 84 billion dollar cosmetic and personal care industry is not required to meet any sort of safety standard for ingredients.
The Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2019 is the only federal bill that holds cosmetic companies accountable for the safety of the ingredients in their products; requires supply chain transparency and industry sharing of safety data to help level the playing field for small, clean cosmetic companies; closes the federal labeling loophole that allows secret – often toxic fragrance chemicals – to hide in cosmetic products; bans most animal testing; and tackles the profuse exposure to toxic chemicals experienced by communities of color and professional salon workers.
The CIR is meeting this month to discuss their “Aerosols Precedents” and WVE has submitted our concerns. Learn more.
Unlike consumers, who can look at ingredient labels on their store-bought cosmetics, professional hair and nail salon workers don’t benefit from the same disclosure. Until now...
In a major victory for worker and consumer right to know, Governor Brown signed into law a ground-breaking bill that requires manufacturers to disclose ingredients on the labels of professional cosmetics. Until now, only retail cosmetics manufacturers were required to list product ingredients. This same transparency was not required of professional cosmetics, even if products contained ingredients linked to severe health concerns like cancer, birth defects, and respiratory issues. Introduced by Assembly Member Ash Kalra (D-San Jose), AB 2775 is the first such law to take effect in the nation.
There’s something exciting happening in salons across America. You might not see it everywhere yet, but it’s percolating. What is it? The next women-led movement for health, safety, and dignity.
Focusing too much on regulating retail workplaces and safety practices could let the products industry off the hook.