Brazilian Blowout takes OSHA to court


Brazilian Blowout filed a complaint asking Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Division to stop reporting test results showing the product’s unsafe levels of formaldehyde.

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Brazilian Blowout filed a complaint asking Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Division to stop reporting test results showing the product’s unsafe levels of formaldehyde.

The product is used by hair stylists and was labeled “formaldehyde-free.”

GIB, the California company that makes Brazilian Blowout, claims that OSHA’s testing methods were improper, that results were false and misleading, and that publicity surrounding the formaldehyde findings damaged the company’s name and caused irreparable harm.

A Portland hairstylist’s concerns prompted investigations into the product. In October, OSHA warned stylists that extensive testing of 105 samples of hair smoothers from 54 salons, using various methods, found significant formaldehyde levels. More than one-third of the samples came from Brazilian Blowout Acai Professional Smoothing Solution bottles labeled “formaldehyde-free,” though formaldehyde content ranged from 6.8 percent to 11.8 percent, averaging more than 8 percent.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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