ISSA updates on submitted comments to EPA; ISSA supports draft guidance that would increase number of sanitizer products effective against viruses, but it urged EPA to withdraw its revised risk determination for 1,4-dioxane, citing its negative precedent

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September 22, 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 ISSA submitting comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on virucidal claims for sanitizers and 1,4-dioxane risk determination, sharing your thoughts on the industry for an upcoming ISSA Today commemorative issue, and more.

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ISSA Advocacy

ISSA Submits Comments to EPA on Virucidal Claims for Sanitizers
In comments submitted earlier this month to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ISSA supported the Draft Guidance for the Evaluation of Products for Claims Against Viruses because it would increase the number of sanitizer products that are effective against viruses that threaten pubic health, as well as increase the number of such sanitizer products that have reduced dwell time and possess a preferred environmental, safety, and health profile. ISSA urged EPA to issue the Draft Guidance as final in its present form. Learn more

ISSA Submits Comments to EPA on 1,4-Dioxane Risk Determination
In comments submitted earlier this month to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ISSA raised significant concerns related to the process followed by EPA in issuing its revision to its 1,4-dioxane risk determination and the negative precedent that this course of action would set for the future evaluation of chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act. ISSA urged EPA to withdraw its revised risk determination for 1,4-dioxane. Learn more

ISSA Today Commemorative Issue – Share Your Thoughts on the Industry 
As we approach the 100th-anniversary commemorative issue of ISSA Today magazine, we want to hear from the cleaning industry. What do thought leaders see in the industry today and what do they predict for the future? Answer these questions by filling out a brief form to be featured in this historic issue. Submissions are due September 27. Learn more

Register Now for Hot Topics: Cleaning Products Workshop 2023
Ensure your continued success in the marketplace by attending Hot Topics: The Cleaning Products Workshop 2023, a one-day live workshop, November 13 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This workshop will address the latest regulatory, legislative, and sustainability issues, along with other trending topics that impact the manufacturing, packaging, marketing, and sale of household and commercial cleaning products. Learn more and register

Upcoming Webinars

PFAS and the Cleaning Industry
Save your seat for ISSA’s webinar on PFAS and the Cleaning Industry, set for September 27, 12 pm-1:30 pm CT, and learn how laws and regulations targeting PFAS, also known as “forever chemicals,” impact the overall cleaning industry. Learn more and register

Implementing and Maintaining Period-Friendly Bathrooms
ISSA and the ISSA Hygieia Network invite you to learn about what period poverty is, what is being done to address this issue, and why more buildings are providing period-friendly bathrooms. This free webinar from 1 pm-2 pm CT on October 5 will focus on why menstrual-care solutions should be as available in away-from-home bathrooms as soap, toilet paper, and paper towels. The speakers will address how ISSA is educating and engaging the public on this issue, as well as providing best practices and benefits to facilities for implementing and maintaining a period-friendly bathroom. Learn more and register


IRS Halts Processing of ERTC
U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Danny Werfel ordered the agency to immediately stop processing new claims for the employee retention tax credit (ERTC), CNBC reported. The ERTC, which was created to support small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, can be worth thousands of dollars per employee. It has sparked a flood of specialist firms falsely promising businesses that they qualify for the complicated tax break. Learn more

FMC Seeks Supply Chain Input
The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) wants supply chain stakeholders to review and comment on the proposed processes and definitions identified in the Maritime Transportation Data Initiative, according to Supply Chain Dive. Responses are due October 16. Learn more

OSHA Urges Hazard Awareness in Wake of Hurricane Idalia
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) urged response crews and residents of the states affected by Hurricane Idalia to be aware of the hazards involved in after-storm cleanup efforts, Cleaning & Maintenance Management reported. Learn more

State News

California Raises Minimum Wage Again
Starting January 1, 2024, all California employers, regardless of size, must pay a minimum wage of at least US$16 per hour, JD Supra reported. The increase came as a result of the state’s Department of Finance declaring that, due to inflation, the minimum wage needed to increase by 3.5 percent. This is after a state-wide increase for all employers to $15.50, effective January 1, 2023. Learn more

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