ISSA Advocacy Weekly Recap—October 18, 2019

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Welcome to the ISSA Advocacy Weekly Recap! This is ISSA’s regular roundup of the latest public policy-related issues impacting the cleaning industry.

New York’s Upcoming Debate Over Gig Economy Workers
Following in California’s footsteps, New York is expected to consider new regulations regarding how gig economy employers can classify workers. While ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft are the most high-profile companies impacted by these laws, they could also impact some cleaning service providers.

ISSA Joined More Than 350 Industry Groups in Urging Swift Passage of the USMCA
On October 15, ISSA signed a letter with more than 350 associations and businesses representing manufacturers of all sizes urging the U.S. Congress to ratify the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA). According to the letter, “North America is the most significant trade market for the United States globally, with Canada and Mexico purchasing one-fifth of the total value of U.S. manufacturing output. Canada and Mexico alone, despite representing less than 4% of the global economy, buy more U.S.-manufactured goods than our next 11 trading partners combined. Here at home, U.S. manufacturing exports to Canada and Mexico support millions of American manufacturing jobs as well as 40,000 small and medium-sized businesses and communities across all 50 states.”

California Governor Signs Amendments to Privacy Legislation
On October 11, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law several amendments to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), a data privacy law that goes into effect January 1, 2020. According to ASAE, “this important legislation requires companies to show users what data is collected, what the data will be used for, and how to identify any third parties who have accessed their data.”

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Genuine Parts Boosts 3rd-Quarter Sales

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Genuine Parts Co., parent company of S.P. Richards Co., has reported a fiscal third-quarter revenue of US$5 billion, a 6.2% year-over-year increase.

General Parts posted a quarterly net income of $227.5 million or $1.56 per share. Sales in Genuine Parts’ industrial parts division, which includes S.P. Richards, were up 9.9%, mainly due to new acquisitions.

About S.P. Richards
S.P. Richards Co. is a Smyrna, GA-based wholesaler of business products and cleaning supplies. For more information, visit

Ultrasonic Cleaning Market Projected to Grow

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The global market for ultrasonic cleaning products is expected to reach US$1.6 billion by 2024 with a compounded annual growth rate—or CAGR—of 6.5%, according to a new study from market research firm Markets and Markets.

The report forecasts an increased demand for eco-friendly cleaning processes will fuel the demand for ultrasonic products. The study also predicts medical and healthcare sectors will hold the largest shares of the market due to concerns of cross-contamination. According to the report, the Asian-Pacific region will see the largest rise in ultrasonic product usage.

DC Custodian Strike Averted

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A contract agreement reached earlier this week averted a strike by nearly 11,000 unionized custodians working in Washington, D.C.; Maryland; and Virginia, The Washington Post reported.

Representatives from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) reached an agreement with the Washington Service Contractors Association hours before the workers’ existing agreement lapsed on October 16.  The union was seeking higher wages. Under the old contract, wages ranged from US$12.10 per hour for part-time custodians and $16.10 for full-time custodians. Details on the new wages are not available.

Weekly Product Showcase October 18, 2019

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Stay up to date on the industry’s newest products and services from these ISSA members.

Brilliant Battery
Kärcher North America Inc.’s new Lithium-ion BD 80/100 Walk-behind Scrubber  is charged for large cleaning jobs.  Besides its 32-inch cleaning path and a 26.4-gallon solution and recovery capacity, its lithium-ion battery makes this floor scrubber perfect for frequent, everyday use. It can operate at peak performance with a partial charge, perform until the battery is 100% drained, and withstand nonscheduled, opportunity charges, without affecting the life of its battery or disrupting the cleaning job. For more information, visit

Pro Performance
Cascades PRO Tandem® High Capacity Toilet Paper dispensers are modern, seamless, and designed to maximize performance. When refills are needed, these dispensers’ dual lock and unique key make for easy opening while the patented loading system ensures that this is done in a timely and safe manner. For more information, visit

Get Odors in Order
Aveho™ Odor Removal Technology by UltraTech International Inc. mimics biological processes found in nature.  Aveho’s proprietary component physically binds with amino acids containing nitrogen, oxygen, or sulfur, removing these odor-causing components from the atmosphere. For more information, visit

Looking for more of the cleaning industry’s cutting-edge products and services? Be sure to view and vote for the entries in the 2019 ISSA Innovation Award Program and see them firsthand at the ISSA Innovation Showcase at ISSA Show North America 2019, November 18-21, in Las Vegas!

ISSA Show North America 2019 Mobile App Now Available

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ISSA has launched its ISSA Show North America 2019 mobile app. Sponsored by R3 Reliable Redistribution Resource and available for Apple and Android devices, the app gives attendees quick and easy access to My Show Planner, which includes the trade show floor plan, show information, education session schedule, attractions, ISSA-TV videos, notifications, and more. The annual trade show takes place November 18-21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“We expect to welcome more than 16,000 professionals from 60-plus countries to the show this year, and with so much to see and do, the ISSA Show mobile app helps attendees make the most of their time,” said Kim Althoff, ISSA vice president of sales, trade shows, and publications. “The 2019 app encourages networking and learning at the industry’s most anticipated event.”

ISSA Show North America features more than 700 exhibitors and over 100 education sessions taught by industry experts. Attendees are encouraged to download the app to assist in navigating the extensive show floor, manage schedules, and identify key activities that support career development and improvements within their organizations.

To learn more and download the app, visit For more information about ISSA Show North America 2019, visit

4M Expands Staff

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4M Building Solutions recently expanded its staff through a series of appointments and promotions.

 Philip Fulgham has joined 4M as an associate manager while Daren Oliver and Bertin Ruiz have been added as account managers. In addition, Larry Slaughter, La Dana Wright, and Nicholas Flatley have been promoted to account managers. 4M also promoted Nayeli Perez to regional coordinator and Norton Hardin to site supervisor, with Brenda Sotel being elevated to account coordinator.

“We are excited for our continued growth and are we are looking forward to seeing these team members succeed in their new roles and responsibilities” said Steve Crain, 4M president and COO.

About 4M Building Solutions 
4M Building Solutions is a full-service contract cleaning services company specializing in cleaning office buildings, schools, manufacturing/industrial facilities, entertainment venues, and other facilities. For more information, visit

Kimberly-Clark Receives EPA Award

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Kimberly-Clark Corp., parent company of Kimberly-Clark Professional, has been named a recipient of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2018 SmartWay® Excellence Award.

The EPA launched its SmartWay program in 2004 to reduce transportation-related emissions by incentivizing supply-chain fuel efficiency. This marks the fifth consecutive year that Kimberly-Clark has earned a SmartWay Excellence Award.

About Kimberly-Clark Professional
Kimberly-Clark Professional offers an array of hand hygiene and contamination-control products. Located in Roswell, Georgia, Kimberly-Clark Professional is one of Kimberly-Clark Corp.’s four business sectors. For more information, visit

Mitie Honored For Reducing Carbon Emissions

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Mitie Group Plc has achieved a gold rating from the Masternaut Fleet CO2 Certification Programme.

The United Kingdom-based initiative helps companies reduce their fuel use and carbon emissions by benchmarking their fleet performance. Mitie was honored for reducing the carbon emissions of its fleet by more than 770 tons. The company credits this reduction to a switch to more fuel-efficient vehicles and driver training initiatives.

About Mitie
Mitie Group Plc is a London-based company that provides facilities, property, and asset management services to public- and private-sector businesses. To learn more, visit

ISSA Adds Strategic Alliance in Canada

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ISSA Canada, a Division of ISSA, is pleased to announce it has formed a strategic alliance with The Infection Prevention Strategy (TIPS).

“TIPS has a tremendous following in the infection control and prevention sector,” said Mike Nosko, executive director of ISSA Canada. “I definitely see this alliance as being a huge opportunity for us to work together and move the industry forward from a health and wellness standpoint.”

“The main goal of TIPS is to communicate, and we need partners in order to do this successfully,” said Michael Diamond, co-founder and executive director of TIPS. “We see our alliance with ISSA Canada as an outstanding opportunity to tap into a new market and grow our outreach.”

Formed in 2015, TIPS is a not-for-profit Pan-Access, worldwide collective that “extends globally and touches locally.” The 100% volunteer-based organization came into existence to advance innovations, ideas, and process that make a difference in global health.

In addition to providing a host of peer-reviewed articles, white papers, and industry support, the TIPS advisory board brings together leading industry professionals well-versed in infection control and prevention. These include Dr. Syed Sattar, Jason Tetro, Michael Rochon, and Dr. Christine Greene, to name a few.

According to Nosko, an interesting point about TIPS is that the organization isn’t just focused on infection control and prevention in hospitals, but the entire building environment.

“Our ongoing goal is to unite the industry, and TIPS is at the top of the scale when it comes to infection control and prevention,” he said. “In addition to the infection control piece, they are also dedicated to the health and wellness of the building environment which is why this alliance is so important.”

ISSA Canada looks forward to working with TIPS in order to deliver on its goal of changing the way the world views cleaning.  Not only will ISSA Canada offer its hospitality and healthcare members access to this knowledgeable resource, but TIPS will also be front and center during industry trade shows and conferences by providing top-notch speakers targeting issues relevant to this industry sector.