Update 1. Yesterday, it was announced that the company behind Brazilian Blowout (GIB) is suing Oregon OSHA for “unlawful, defamatory, damaging and misleading actions [that] have caused GIB irreparable harm”. One major crux of GIB’s argument is that OSHA didn’t differentiate between formaldehyde and methylene glycol. A copy of the legal complaint document can be accessed here.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out in court, since the ruling may depend on the legal interpretation of things like chemical equilibrium. I wonder how much organic chemistry the judge and jury have taken?
If GIB wins, they are asking that OR-OSHA remove all content from their websites related to GIB and Brazilian Blowout, and that OSHA release a statement “admitting” that their results and protocol were inaccurate and improper.
Update 2. For a bit more debate, see the last few comments on this earlier post.