Industry leaders gather at SDA (l-r.): Mike Parkington, VP-laundry, Unilever; SDA chairman
Frank Sherman, president and general manager, surface chemistry, Akzo Nobel; Keith Weed,
group VP-homecare and hygiene, Unilever; and SDA board member Bill Littlefield, executive
vice president and general manager of branded products, Sun Products Corp.
general population? To learn more,
RIFM is using quantitative risk assessment with the goal of eliminating fragrance allergy in the general population.
Meanwhile, RIFM developed its respiratory science program to gain understanding about the physiological effects
of exposure to fragrance materials
inhaled from consumer products when
used as intended.
To help the industry find answers to
these issues and other issues, last year
RIFM gave non-members access to its
risk-based, comprehensive effort. More
specifically, SDA advocates the EPA’s
ChAMP system even as it defends the
Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA),
which faces reform this year under a
new Administration. Dennis Griesing,
VP-government affairs, SDA, explained
that many environmentalists oppose
federal preemption under TSCA,
because they favor legislation at the
state level that, in turn, may be used as
a precedent for federal implementation.
Also this year, SDA is working to prevent new and expanded biofuel credits,
U.S. Issues & Answers
While the international regulatory
scene is fraught with questions, the U.S.
industry faces many challenges on the
home front. In a special issues briefing
session, the SDA staff reviewed the status of key issues facing the industry.
In his opening remarks, Mr.
Rosenberg noted that the new
Administration is dominated by
Californians who are likely to reflect
California policies. Moreover, he said
that cleaning products are among the
most vulnerable to general chemical
management legislation and regulation. It’s no wonder then, that the SDA
is opposed to state-by-state chemical
management and undue targeting of
Instead, the association favors a federal approach and is trying to foster a
Next Year: Orlando!
THE SDA convention moves to
Grande Lakes Orlando next year.
The annual meeting will take place
The property includes a JW
Marriott, a Ritz-Carlton and more
than 147,000 square feet of flexible
indoor meeting space, as well as
onsite golf, spa, eco-tours and a fly-fishing school.
“The SDA convention is the cleaning product industry’s premier forum
for business interaction and networking. Choosing the right place for our
members’ meetings, as well as for the
Association’s own events, was critical,” said Ernie Rosenberg.
president, SDA, in explaining the
modify the Renewable Fuel Standard as
it relates to fats and seek exclusion of
fats from broad feedstock definitions,
according to Mr. Griesing.
Regarding Environmentally Preferable Products (EPP), the SDA last year
defeated legislation in California,
Maryland, Virginia and Washington.
But the fight continues as new EPP
Procurement legislation is shaping up
in South Carolina and Washington and
is expected in Alabama, Tennessee, New
Jersey and Oregon. At the federal level,
House Bill HR58 (Green School Act) has
been sponsored by representatives from
Illinois and Pennsylvania.
Brian Sansoni, VP-communications
and membership at SDA, told the audience that despite efforts by the industry,
“product categories, brands and ingredients remain under attack” from a variety of sources including anti-chemical
activists, academics and sympathetic
reporters. Many of the most ardent foes
are working toward outright bans,
restrictions and mandatory ingredient
To combat these threats, the SDA has
worked to get media placement explaining the safety and benefits of cleaning
products and ingredients. The SDA
message, according to Mr. Sansoni, is
based on sound science and can be
found on one of the Association’s websites: www.CleaningProductFacts.com.
SDA has worked closely with media
during the past year to counter misinformation. In fact, SDA was featured on
the Today Show to counter the one-sided attack on traditional cleaning
products put forth by author Sloan
Barnett, who wrote Green Goes With
Everything. Similarly, when the environmental group Women’s Voices for the
Earth (WVE) attacked SDA member
companies’ labeling and ingredients,
the Association was there to reinforce
the industry’s message on product safety as well as its commitment to R&D
and safety testing, explained Mr.
Finally, SDA provided a strong voice
for industry on the subject of sustainability by forming strategic partnerships and alliances, creating successful
educational programs and providing
effective and timely response to