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Research Center Finds Formaldehyde in “Formaldehyde-Free” Brazilian Blowout

On September 16, 2010, Oregon Health & Science University’s (OHSU) Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology (CROET) issued an important statement regarding the possible toxic effects of one brand of brazilian blowout solution and more specifically: their “Formaldehyde-Free” claim. Generally, these kinds of hair straightening solutions (i.e. brazilian keratin treatment) are used to… Learn More

Particulate Matter: The Basics

“Particulate matter” is also known as “Particle Pollution” or simply “PM.” The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) describes it as “a complex mixture of extremely small particles and liquid droplets [that are] made up of a number of components, including acids (such as nitrates and sulfates), organic chemicals, metals, and soil or dust particles.” [1] Despite… Learn More

New OSHA Hexavalent Chromium Requirement

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) released a press release on Friday, May 21st, regarding hexavalent chromium and worker knowledge of exposure. May 31st already marks the deadline for executing proper engineering controls related to worker exposure to hexavalent chromium (Click Here for information regarding this standard), and now June 15, 2010 marks another… Learn More