Montana Education on Indoor Environmental Hazards

Summary: A school in Montana was at risk of potential hazardous exposures. Montana Choose Safe Places for Early Care and Educationexternal icon (CSPECE) Choose Safe Places for Early Care and Education ( icon program shared information on potential exposures and methods to address those exposures with the building owner.

An empty child care center classroom.

Because a beauty school planned to rent part of the same building, a Montana school was at risk of potential hazardous chemical exposures. After learning about the situation, the Child Care Licensing Office called the state toxicologist to discuss concerns.

The Montana CSPECE shared information about potential public health issues and listed some requirements from other states. Montana CSPECE listed the possible hazardous chemicals from hair salons, including ammonia, formaldehyde, polyethylene glycols, as well as synthetic fragrances and dyes. Additional nail salon chemicals include acetone, acetonitrile, butyl acetate, dibutyl phthalate, ethyl acetate, ethyl methacrylate, and toluene. This information was shared with the building owners, and the beauty school will not be opening in that building.

Page last reviewed: August 11, 2021