ISSA LARU—Register Now for Disinfectant Devices: A Regulatory Perspective

July 15, 2022 ISSA LARU—Register Now for Disinfectant Devices: A Regulatory Perspective

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 upcoming ISSA advocacy events, including Disinfectant Devices: A Regulatory Perspective, A Clean View from Capitol Hill: Your Legislative & Regulatory Update, and Hot Topics: Cleaning Products Workshop 2022, and more.

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ISSA Advocacy

Disinfectant Devices: A Regulatory Perspective
Time is running out to register for the ISSA webinar Disinfectant Devices: A Regulatory Perspective, 12 pm to 1 pm CT on Wednesday, July 27, to learn about the regulation of antimicrobial pesticide devices, including:

  • The proliferation of antimicrobial pesticide devices, such as certain UV light systems, water filters, and air filters, in the marketplace
  • Disinfectant or antimicrobial pesticide devices defined
  • The “quasi-regulation” of disinfectant devices by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • EPA resources and guidance
  • Challenges in substantiating efficacy claims
  • The future regulatory direction from EPA

ISSA General Counsel Bill Balek, who has over 35 years of experience in the cleaning product regulations field, will lead this July 27 webinar. Save your seat today!

A Clean View from Capitol Hill: Your Legislative & Regulatory Update
Register for the free ISSA webinar A Clean View from Capitol Hill: Your Legislative & Regulatory Update, 12 pm to 1 pm CT on Wednesday, August 17. Now more than ever, government affairs impact your business and the cleaning industry. As the spotlight on our industry increases, so too has the interest of policymakers and regulators. Join us for the “inside scoop” about what is going on in Washington, DC and in the states on the top issues facing the industry, such as labor shortages, supplychain challenges, healthy workplace incentives, chemical regulations, and more. Speakers for this webinar include ISSA Government Affairs Director John Nothdurft.

Hot Topics: Cleaning Products Workshop 2022
Ensure your continued success in the marketplace by attending the Cleaning Products Workshop, a one-day live and in-person event that will address the latest regulatory and sustainability issues along with other trending topics that impact the manufacturing, packaging, marketing, and sale of household and commercial cleaning products. This one-of-a-kind program, presented by HCPA and ISSA, features the following hot topics that will impact your business for years to come:

  • Update on packaging
  • News from Green Seal, EPA Safer Choice, and ECOLOGO
  • Update on California Proposition 65, Short Form Warnings, and other news
  • State and federal regulation of PFAS
  • VOC regulatory update on states and Canada
  • Microplastics and the cleaning industry

This workshop will be conducted in conjunction with ISSA Show North America 2022 on October 10, starting with breakfast at 8 am; the program runs from 9 am to 5 pm at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center. ISSA members should use the promo code “ISSA2022” when registering to receive discounted member pricing.


Biden May Ease China Tariffs to Fight Inflation
U.S. President Joe Biden may soon announce a rollback of some U.S. tariffs on Chinese consumer goods, as well as a new probe into industrial subsidies that could lead to more duties in strategic areas like technology, Bloomberg News reported.

EPA Finalizes Hazard Communication Requirements
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized amendments to its requirements for Significant New Use Rules (SNURs) to “better protect the health of workers.” SNURs can be used to require notice to EPA before chemical substances and mixtures are used in new ways that might create concerns. According to EPA, the latest amendment “strengthens requirements that ensure workers have access to clear and consistent information about the risks they may face from toxic substances.”

EPA Releases Draft Revised Risk Determination for Methylene Chloride
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released for public comment a draft revision to the unreasonable risk determination for methylene chloride pursuant to the Toxic Substances Control Act section 6(b). The draft revised risk determination proposes to find that methylene chloride, as a whole chemical substance, “presents an unreasonable risk of injury to human health under the conditions of use.”

OSHA Seeks Help Revising Lead Exposure Standards
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requests public feedback on modifying its current standards for occupational lead poisoning and exposure, Cleaning & Maintenance Management reported. According to OSHA, recent medical research has shown that lead exposure is more dangerous at lower blood levels in adults than what is reflected by OSHA’s current lead standards. 


U.S. Supreme Court Emissions Ruling May Stop SEC Drive for Disclosure
A U.S. Supreme Court decision to curb the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions may deter a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) bid to require companies to disclose their emissions, Reuters reported.

U.S. Appeals Court Vacates Federal Employee Vaccine Mandate
A U.S. appeals court panel said that it would convene a full panel to reconsider U.S. President Joe Biden’s executive order requiring civilian federal employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and set aside the order pending that hearing, according to Reuters.

State News

Hawaii Governor Signs $18 Minimum Wage Law
Hawaii enacted the nation’s first statewide US$18 minimum wage law, with Governor David Ige’s signature of a bill aimed at fighting poverty among the islands’ workers, Bloomberg Law reported. The measure, HB 2510, will raise the state’s minimum wage gradually from $10.10 per hour, first to $12 on October 1 and then in increments until it reaches $18 on January 1, 2028.

DC Minimum Wage Rose July 1
Effective July 1, the District of Colombia’s minimum wage increased from US$15.50 to $16.10 per hour for all non-tipped workers, regardless of the size of the employer, according to Fox 5.