ISSA and ISSA Hygieia Network announce free webinar, 'How the Cleaning Industry Is Advocating for an End to Period Poverty,' on May 25; group also rounds up recent legislation impacting the hygiene industry

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May 5, 2023 (press release) –

Welcome to the latest ISSA Legislative & Regulatory Update, a biweekly roundup of the public policy issues currently impacting the full cleaning supply chain. This update touches on a free Hygieia-ISSA webinar on how the cleaning industry is striving to end period poverty, registration for the 14th Antimicrobial Workshop, and the impact of a new federal law on body washes and other cosmetic products, and more.

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ISSA Advocacy

Free Webinar – How the Cleaning Industry Is Advocating for an End to Period Poverty
Join ISSA and the ISSA Hygieia Network for the free webinar How the Cleaning Industry Is Advocating for an End to Period Poverty, 1 pm-2 pm CT on May 25, to learn about how period poverty impacts the industry and how ISSA is addressing this important issue. We believe that menstrual-care solutions should be as available in away-from-home bathrooms as soap, toilet paper, and paper towels. Save your seat today! Learn more and register

Register Now – 14th Antimicrobial Workshop
Save your seat for the 14th Antimicrobial Workshop, June 7-8 in Arlington, VA! The Antimicrobial Workshop is the single event where you can learn from credible sources about the latest policy changes, regulatory developments, and legislative updates that directly impact the manufacturing, marketing, and sale of disinfectants, sanitizers, preservatives, and other antimicrobial pesticides. Learn more and register

New Law to Impact Body Washes and Other Cosmetic Products
The Modernization of Cosmetic Regulation Act of 2022, enacted into law in December 2022, will significantly impact manufacturers and distributors of body washes, cleansing wipes, and other cosmetic products when it goes into effect on December 29, 2023. Learn more

Healthy Workplaces Coalition Continues to Expand
The Healthy Workplaces Coalition recently hosted its first-ever in-person meeting in Washington, DC, where the coalition announced its membership has nearly doubled in size since launching last year. Formed by the International WELL Building Institute and ISSA in May 2022, the coalition is a collaboration of national organizations, industry leaders, and trade associations advancing federal policies to help organizations better afford and implement health and safety improvements in workplaces and across the built environment. Learn more

PRIA 5 Materials and Resources
On behalf of the PRIA Coalition, thank you to those who joined us—both in-person and virtually—on April 19 for our complimentary PRIA 5 Workshop. This forum provided a unique opportunity for industry and government representatives to come together to discuss priorities, expectations, and timelines as we work to implement the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act of 2022 (PRIA 5). Click here for a copy of the materials presented during this workshop. You can also find PRIA 5 resources from the PRIA Coalition on our resources page.


House Passes Bill to Increase Debt Limit, Reduce Spending
The U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass a bill to raise the debt limit, reduce spending, and roll back key pieces of President Biden’s agenda after a series of concessions to win over some Republican holdouts, NBC News reported. The GOP debt package is “dead on arrival” in the Democratic-led Senate, and Biden has issued a veto threat, saying Congress should hike the debt ceiling with no strings attached. Learn more

Senate Votes to Overturn Biden Truck Pollution Limit
The U.S. Senate passed a Republican-led effort to undo a Biden administration rule that aims to cut pollution from heavy-duty trucks, according to The Hill. The vote was 50-49. Despite its passage, the resolution is not expected to ultimately prevail. The White House said that President Biden would veto the effort, and it is unlikely to be able to win the two-thirds majority needed to override the veto. Learn more

Federal Recycling Bills Reintroduced
Two bills addressing the nation’s recycling and composting infrastructure have been reintroduced to Congress for a second year, drawing praise from several industry organizations, Resource Recycling reported. The Recycling and Composting Accountability Act and Recycling Infrastructure and Accessibility Act of 2023 were reintroduced on bipartisan lines by Democratic Senator Tom Carper (DE), Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito (WV), and Republican Senator John Boozman (AR). Last year, both bills passed the Senate and companion legislation was introduced in the House but did not pass through it. Learn more


FTC Takes “Microscope” to Sustainability Claims
Public comments were due April 24 on the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) first update in 11 years of its “Green Guides” — advice on how companies can make environmental marketing claims, Politico reported. The last time the Green Guides were updated, the process began in 2007 and didn’t end until 2012. The FTC is hosting an initial public workshop on recycling May 23. Learn more

Biden Attempts to Stem Border Migration as Restrictions End
With COVID-19 immigration restrictions set to expire May 11, the Biden administration announced measures intended to stop migrants from illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, both by cracking down on many of those who do come, and by creating new pathways meant to offer an alternative to the frequently perilous journey, according to ABC News. Learn more

State News

Indiana Passes Advanced Recycling Legislation
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signed a bill into law that defines advanced recycling facilities as manufacturing operations, Recycling Today reported. Indiana’s SB 472, which passed 94-1 in the state’s House of Representatives and 44-5 in the state’s Senate, establishes that advanced recycling technologies remain subject to applicable manufacturing regulations and applies a regulatory framework for advanced recycling facilities to encourage investment in these technologies in the state. Learn more

Significant Changes to Employment Law in Maryland
Maryland legislators ended the 2023 session with three significant bills headed to and likely to be signed by Governor Wes Moore, according to SHRM. First, Senate Bill 828 would bring sweeping changes to the Time to Care Act, Maryland’s version of paid family leave. Second, Maryland’s minimum wage will increase to US$15 sooner than employers anticipated. And third, the salary threshold under Maryland’s ban on noncompete agreements will increase, providing greater protection for low-wage workers. Learn more

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