In a recent communication to OSHA officials, ISSA reinforced the association’s support for the petition to extend time for the implementation of the GHS revisions to the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard and urged the agency to move forward expeditiously, says ISSA’s Bill Balek.

As a signatory to the petition along with seven other trade associations, ISSA continues to seek relief on behalf of its members by urging OSHA to provide additional compliance time – two years beyond the current deadline of June 1, 2015 for formulated products – to resolve supply chain issues as the GHS is implemented in the U.S. and Canada. In its communication, ISSA pointed out that members of the cleaning products industry continue to face serious compliance issues and need relief in order to fully comply with the GHS revisions.

This message was also delivered at a Sept. 30 meeting with OSHA Administrator David Michaels and his staff. Although no decisions were made at the meeting, the general tone was positive and encouraging. OSHA officials indicated that they recognize and understand the problem, and that they are seeking a solution to meet industry’s concerns. OSHA also seemed to recognize the urgency of this matter and gave some assurances that they would act in a timely manner.