Cleaning & Restoration Industry News

Headline: EPA considers extension of antimicrobial application training; ISSA opposes move

The Environmental Protection Agency is considering extending training and certification requirements of some sort to all occupational users of "pesticides," including, but not limited to, employees who apply disinfectants, sanitizers and other antimicrobial products in the course of their employment. Conference calls have confirmed that the EPA is considering extending training requirements to workers who apply antimicrobial pesticides in institutional settings.

The ISSA opposes the extension of additional training requirements in this context for the following reasons:

"Pursuant to the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard, institutional users of antimicrobial products are already required to be provided with education and training on the use of all "hazardous chemicals" including disinfectants, sanitizers, and other antimicrobials. Additional training is not necessary.

"EPA has failed to establish a rational basis to support the need for additional training above and beyond what is already required under the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard. In fact, statistics from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics cover the years 2002, 2003 and 2004 indicate that there has been a decline in workplace injuries involving exposure to disinfectants.

"The inherent nature of general purpose disinfectants and sanitizers does not suggest that additional training is warranted.

"The Food Quality Protection Act amended FIFRA to exclude workers who apply antimicrobial products from the minimum training requirements of the federal pesticide standard."

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to i Cleaning Specialist Magazine.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

The 2014 Experience Conference and Exhibition

A look in photos at the 2014 Experience Conference and Exhibition, which was held from April 24-26 at the Embassy Suites Convention Center and Spa in Frisco, Texas.

Podcasts

Beginning April 21, Google will start judging websites based on their mobile friendliness. What exactly does this mean to you cleaning website? Find out in the latest edition of The Hitman Advertising Show, which will also cover tips and suggestions on getting mobile compliant.
More Podcasts

ICS Cleaning Specialist Magazine

CoverImage

2015 April

The April ICS issue features content on concrete polishing, green cleaning, air duct cleaning, injection sprayers and new products.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Janitorial Work

In addition to residential and commercial carpet cleaning, do you do any janitorial work on the side?
View Results Poll Archive

THE ICS STORE

FinalCover.gif
The Carpet Cleaner's Book of Unlimited Success! (ebook)

Don’t worry about the recession or about your competition.  Now you can be the owner of over 400 ways for carpet cleaning professionals to make more money and get more jobs!

More Products

ICS DIRECTORY AND BUYING GUIDE

Director_Buyer.jpgThe premier resource and reference guide for the cleaning and restoration industries.

Click here to view

STAY CONNECTED

facebook_40.png twitter_40px.png youtube_40px.png

TRUCKMOUNT EQUIPMENT AND ACCESSORIES GUIDE

Truckmount.jpgEquipment listings and specifications from the leading industry manufacturers.

Click here to view