Yesterday, Kayla Fioravanti of Essential Wholesale (one of my sponsors) posted a useful summary of how household products, and cleaning products in general, are regulated in the United States. Her post points out one of the significant challenges to small and independent business owners when it comes to digesting and comply with regulations. Namely, that a single product could possibly be regulated by multiple agencies simultaneously.
And even in cases where it turns out that a product is not regulated by multiple agencies, due diligence requires that all manufacturers conduct research in order to confirm that. According to Kayla's research, some of the agencies that regulate cleaning products are the Environmental Protection Agency, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Department of Agriculture.
While most of these agencies would not be impacted by the newly introduced Household Product Labeling Act, all businesses — even very small and independent ones — that manufacture consumer products must be aware of their existence and understand generally what types of products they regulate so that they can make informed decisions about launching new product lines and planning for future growth and expansion.
If you make any kind of cleaning product, whether for consumer or industrial use, Kayla's post is a good resource.
Question: Do you manufacture any products that could fall under the purview of any of the agencies that regulate cleaning products? If so, how do you keep track of all of the laws, rules and regulations?