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SB 574 Action Alert: Toxic Secrets Put Salon Workers at Risk

DYK? Fragrance and flavoring ingredients in many cosmetic and personal care products contain chemicals known to cause human and environmental harm.

What's more, there are no federal laws requiring companies to disclose these ingredients to workers, consumers, or even regulatory agencies. Salon workers are at an especially high risk of suffering negative health effects from hidden fragrance ingredients. We’re talking cancer, breathing problems, skin disorders, and reproductive harm.

That's why Worksafe recently traveled to Sacramento to support SB 574 (Leyva), the Cosmetic Fragrance and Flavor Ingredient Right to Know Act of 2019 . T his bill would require companies selling personal care or beauty products in California to report any fragrance or flavor ingredients that are known to harm to human health and the environment. The California Safe Cosmetics Program would then publish this information on their public database, allowing salon workers and owners to compare products and learn about potential health hazards.

SB 574 has passed the Senate and is heading into an Assembly floor vote in early September. If you agree that workers deserve to know about workplace hazards please submit comments to your legislators!

Shout out to Black Women for Wellness, Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, and Women’s Voices for the Earth for their leadership on this important occupational issue.