Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association president Cathy Novak delivered testimony in Washington, D.C. on March 4 to a panel of representatives from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) at the Department of Labor. Her testimony on behalf of ILMA concerned OSHA's proposed rulemaking to update the Hazard Communication Standard consistent with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).

The technical expertise and experience of Novak, the metalworking fluids product manager for Eastern Oil Company in Pontiac, Mich., gave her a unique opportunity to answer difficult technical questions as well as explain ILMA's perspective clearly. She took great care to educate the OSHA panel on the true scope of chemicals used by the industry and the complete processes involved to show affects a change like this would have on our industry. She used specific examples based on her own company and our industry as a whole.

"Having our very own technical experts who can really explain our industry to these regulatory groups is such a strength of ILMA," said ILMA executive director Celeste M. Powers. "Cathy's testimony was compelling and a huge asset to the entire ILMA community."

The Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association (ILMA) was founded in 1948. ILMA's 268 members include independent lubricant companies that produce more than 25 percent of all lubricants and 80 percent or more of the metalworking fluids and other specialty industrial lubricants sold in the U.S., and key suppliers of raw materials and services to independent lubricant manufacturers.