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Parliamentary questions
1 March 2012
E-002354/2012
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Ole Christensen (S&D)

 Subject: Hairdressers' working environment
 Answer(s) 

As things stand, hairdressing is one of a number of professions that still have major problems with the working environment when it comes to occupational health and safety. I would therefore like to ask for a response from the Commission to the following questions:

1. The Commission’s Scientific Committee has concluded that some products which hairdressers use every day are extremely allergenic and that some hair dyes have systemic adverse effects. How can we ensure that (in the first instance) pregnant hairdressers are protected from these substances?
2. Has the Commission considered implementing a phase-out plan for harmful substances, e.g. extremely allergenic substances and those substances that the Scientific Committee has deemed harmful to users?
3. Cosmetics are subject to the Cosmetics Directive, which only requires a safety assessment of the use of cosmetics by the general public. Hairdressers are currently exposed to a number of harmful cosmetic products. Some of these can be substituted, others cannot. What has the Commission considered doing to address the fact that, while hairdressers are exposed to cosmetic products to a far greater extent than the general public, no safety assessment of hairdressers’ professional exposure is required?

How can we include cosmetics in the REACH Regulation and ensure that these products are subject to hazard labelling? For example, should the hair dye fixative, p-aminophenol, be labelled Xn due to its injurious effect on health?

How can we produce data sheets on cosmetic products so that hairdressers can see what precautions they should be taking in their working environment?

Original language of question: DAOJ C 111 E, 18/04/2013
Last updated: 13 March 2012Legal notice