Monday, July 23, 2012

This Week in DC

This week, dozens of salon workers and advocates from all over the country will be descending on Capitol Hill for a day of action to raise awareness about toxic chemical exposure in the workplace and the need to pass the Safe Cosmetics Act (H.R. 2359), and they need your support.

Workers will meet with members of congress and share personal stories of the negative health impacts they have suffered as a result of working with salon products that contain toxic chemicals, including the still popular hair treatment Brazilian Blowout that was found last year to contain dangerously high levels of formaldehyde.

The National Healthy Nail and Beauty Salon Alliance and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics are organizing the day of action in an effort to garner support for the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011, introduced last June. The Safe Cosmetics Act will phase out cancer-causing and other harmful chemicals from personal care products and is the only bill that recognizes the unique needs of small businesses and includes small business exemptions.

Unfortunately, large multi-national cosmetics companies have banded together to work with the Personal Care Products Council to draft and introduce the Cosmetic Safety Amendments Act of 2012 (H.R.4395). This is a classic Trojan horse – it may sound like a step forward on the surface, but the “fine print” inside the bill won’t make cosmetics safer and has no exemptions or special considerations for small businesses.

We need your help to ensure that Congress knows the difference between these bills and knows which bill is more protective of consumer and worker health. Please take just a few minutes to send a message to your Representative to let him or her know that the business community supports the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 (H.R. 2359), strong legislation that protects consumers and recognizes the needs of small businesses, and opposes the “Trojan Horse” bill-- the Cosmetic Safety Amendments Act of 2012 (H.R.4395).

Please, take action now, and tell Congress we need safer products and thriving small businesses!

If you prefer, you can also send a personalized letter: You can copy the text of the letter from the action alert, customize it and put it on your company’s letterhead. Find out who your U.S. Representative is, and their mailing address or fax, here.

We don’t know when legislation regarding cosmetics safety will pass, but we are confident that new legislation is coming. A few minutes of your time now can make a great difference in the long run as to whether the rules for businesses help or hinder your operations.

If you haven't already watched and shared The Story of Cosmetics, a short online film from Annie Leonard and the Story of Stuff Project, check it out! 
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