ISSA Coronavirus Government Response Update—EPA Webinar on Proper Disinfecting for Educational Environments

October 5, 2020 ISSA Coronavirus Government Response Update—EPA Webinar on Proper Disinfecting for Educational Environments

Welcome to the ISSA Coronavirus Government Response Update. This information is intended to keep our members up to date on government affairs related to the cleaning industry and COVID-19. Today’s update touches on an upcoming EPA webinar on proper cleaning and disinfecting of various learning environments, a Michigan Supreme Court ruling against the governor’s emergency powers, and more.

EPA Hosts Webinar on Proper Cleaning, Disinfecting Protocols for Learning Environments
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as schools reopen, it is “critically important that students and children return to clean and healthy learning environments.” On October 13, the EPA will host a webinar focusing on best management practices for cleaning and disinfecting schools, day cares, and universities. The webinar, Addressing Disease Mitigation in Schools, Daycare Centers and Universities with Sanitizers and Disinfectants, will provide participants with cleaning and disinfection recommendations to fight pathogens such as SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Michigan Supreme Court Rules against Governor’s Emergency Powers
Michigan’s Supreme Court ruled Friday that Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) lacks the authority to extend or declare states of emergency in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to NPR. The governor issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency in March and expanded the order via another executive order in April. The Republican-controlled legislature passed a resolution to extend the state of emergency, but only until April 30. Whitmer has since issued several more orders related to the pandemic.

Ever-Changing World of Government Regulations
“The ever-changing world of regulations continues to challenge manufacturers, distributors, and the cleaning industry,” writes John Nothdurft, ISSA Director of Government Affairs. “The fight against COVID-19 has resulted in making it more challenging to stay abreast or comply with these developments.” ISSA continues to engage and educate members and regulators on a number of these topics such as product registration, hand sanitizer regulations, state cleaning and disinfecting guidelines, ingredient disclosure, chemical restrictions, and much more. This article provides an update on some of the regulatory issues facing the industry.

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