For Immediate Release

February 28, 2003
Contact: Christopher White
Phone: 404-305-5100 After Hours: 404-305-5180


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $70,000 civil penalty against Aveda Esthetique of McLean, VA, for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that on November 26, 2000, Aveda Esthetique improperly offered a fiberboard box containing 11, 5.5-ounce bottles of Aveda Exfoliant and 17, 1.7-ounce containers of Aveda Witch Hazel Hair Spray, both flammable liquids, to United Parcel Service (UPS) for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the UPS sort facility in Louisville, KY, discovered the shipment leaking.

Aveda Esthetique offered the hazardous materials for transportation when they were not packaged, marked, classed, described, documented, or in condition for shipment as required by regulations. Aveda Esthetique also failed to ensure employees were trained to properly package and handle hazardous materials, and did not make available at all times the required emergency response information.

Aveda Esthetique has 30 days from receipt of the FAA notice to submit a reply to the agency. This announcement is made in accordance with the FAA’s practice of releasing information to the public on newly issued enforcement actions involving penalties of $50,000 or more.

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