The industry, too, faces plenty of issues that must be addressed, noted Ernie Rosenberg, president of the American Cleaning Institute.
Issues to Iron Out
According to Rosenberg
, there's a great chance that the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) will be modernized in 2015.
That's the good news; the bad news is that states and local communities continue to develop their own versions of chemical regulations in place of a new TSCA.
"We expect real movement on TSCA early in the session," predicted Rosenberg
"But it has to have bipartisan support.
To be characterized as an improved TSCA, it has to have the right people on board."
With the right lawmakers behind it on both sides of the aisle, Rosenberg
said TSCA will have the credibility to help dampen activity by NGOs and retailers alike.
"We have a narrow window to make a move before the Presidential silly season gets underway," explained Rosenberg
, referring to the 2016 Presidential Election process, which seems to capture the attention of lawmakers earlier and earlier.
Away from Capitol Hill, ACI
is moving forward with its cleaning product ingredient initiative.
In 2015, the Association will add exposure information on top of hard data sets; ensuring that the ACI and its members are going further than other industry, Rosenberg insisted.
also issued an analysis on enzyme management and sensitization at member companies' facilities around the world.
"Those facilities that followed our guidance saw diminishing low levels of allergy symptoms.
That convinced us that we are on the right track," explained Rosenberg
"Facilities that follow the guidance had minimal if any allergy problems."
was quick to point out that in use, enzymes are not a concern.
"We are not just a lobby shop; we are a science shop," observed Rosenberg
"We spend more time on the sustainability side of the business than we do on the advocacy work.
We have five people in our technical department and three in government affairs."
added that ACI member companies are involved in a wide array of projects to reduce the environmental footprint of their products, as well as ensuring the safety of its products.
"Our members tell us that they can save a lot of business trips by being able to plan plenty of meetings on sales, product planning and strategic alignment," explained ACI President Ernie Rosenberg.