On June 24, 2011 Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Rep. Ed. Markey, and Rep. Tammy Baldwin have introduced the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 (H.R. 2359). This legislation will give the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to ensure that unsafe ingredients, like lead and formaldehyde, are kept out of personal care products such as shampoo and cosmetics.
We want the voices of nurses to be heard and are asking nurses around the country to show their support for this important piece of legislation by asking their Representative in Congress to become a co-sponsor of this bill and vote in favor of this legislation.
To help individual nurses and nursing organizations engage their Representatives around this important piece of legislation, we have created a Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 Toolkit. All of these documents are free for you to use, adapt, and distribute.
Read our fact sheet on why this legislation is important to nurses and public health: Download Fact Sheet - Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011. Take a look at this presentation on the Safe Chemicals Act by Lisa Archer. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has also produced a couple of great fact sheets: The Need for Federal Safe Cosmetics Legislation and Safe Cosmetics Act - A New Bill for a New Year.
Send an email to your Representative asking them to co-sponsor the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011.
Write a letter to your Representative asking them to co-sponsor this important piece of legislation. Download tips on how to write your legislator and a sample letter. You can look up your Representative address here.
Have your nursing organization sign on to the Safer Chemicals, Health Families coalition. This group is involved in a nationwide effort to pass smart federal policies to protect us from toxic chemicals. Read the Campaign Platform and join the Coalition. If your organization signs on, please contact Katie Huffling.
Have your nursing organization endorse the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. This Campaign is calling on manufacturers to stop putting harmful chemicals into cosmetics, find safe alternatives, and perform safety testing on the chemicals they use. Read the Campaign platform and endorse the campaign here.
Publish this article, Our Toxic Vanity, in your nursing organization's publication or on your website.
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