Safety Data Sheets For Cosmetic Chemicals Must Be Posted Online Under New California Law
Approved by Governor Gavin Newsom 20 September, AB 647 requires chemical manufacturers to post material safety data sheets online in a readily accessible way and translate them into languages most prevalently spoken by salon workers.
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While overshadowed by contentious cosmetic animal-testing legislation, AB 2775 also passed in the closing days of California’s 2017-2018 legislative session, another example of the state’s eagerness to take on cosmetics issues it views as inadequately addressed at the federal level.
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