New CARB VOC Limitations Effective
As reported by ISSA's Bill Balek.
New, more stringent VOC limitations for numerous commercial and household cleaning products sold in California became effective December 31, 2010. The regulations, issued by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) set limitations on the amount of volatile organic compounds that can be contained in a wide variety of cleaning products for the purpose of preventing the formation of ozone in the lower atmosphere. Ozone is a health and environmental hazard.
The California VOC limits listed below are effective for the listed product categories that are manufactured on or after December 31, 2010. Covered products manufactured before December 31, 2010 may continue to be sold for up to three years after the effective date provided the product containers set forth the date of manufacture or a code indicating the same.
Product Category Percent VOC Content by Weight
Astringent / Toner (Non-FDA Regulated) 35%
Brake Cleaner 10%
Carburetor or Fuel Injection Air Intake Cleaner 10%
Carpet / Upholstery Cleaner—Aerosol 5%
Carpet / Upholstery Cleaner—Non-Aerosol RTU 1%
Dusting Aid—Aerosol 17%
Dusting Aid—Non-Aerosol 3%
Engine Degreaser—Aerosol 10%
Fabric Protectant—Non-Aerosol 1%
Floor Maintenance Product 1%
Floor Polish / Wax—Resilient Flooring 1%
Floor Polish / Wax Nonresilient Flooring 1%
Wood Floor Wax 70%
General Purpose Degreaser—Aerosol 10%
Motor Vehicle Wash—Non-Aerosol 0.2%
Multi-Purpose Solvent 30%
Odor Remover / Eliminator—Aerosol 25%
Odor Remover / Eliminator—Non-Aerosol 6%
Paint Thinner 30%
Pressurized Gas Duster 1%
Sealant/Caulk Compound—Non-Chemically Curing 1.5%
Spot Remover—Aerosol 15% - effective 12/31/12
Spot Remover—Non-Aerosol 3% - effective 12/31/12
Tire or Wheel Cleaner—Aerosol 8%
Tire or Wheel Cleaner—Non-Aerosol 2%
Windshield Water Repellent 75%
In addition to the above referenced VOC limits, a number of other provisions (described below) become effective Dec. 31, 2010.
Effective December 31, 2010, no person shall sell, supply, offer for sale, or manufacture for use in California any Carpet / Upholstery Cleaner, Fabric Protectant, Multi-Purpose Lubricant, Penetrant, Sealant or Caulking Compound, or spot Remover that contains any of the following compounds: methylene chloride, perchloroethylene, or trichloroethylene. If these products were manufactured before 12/31/10, they may continue to be sold until Dec. 31, 2013 provided that the product complies with the product dating requirements.
Likewise, effective December 31, 2010, no person shall sell, supply, offer for sale, or manufacture for use in California any Pressurized Gas Duster product that contains methylene chloride perchloroethylene, or any chemical compound that has a Global Warming Potential (GWP) Value of 150 or greater. For those products manufactured prior to 12/31/10, they may continue to be sold until Dec. 31, 2011 provided that the product complies with the product dating requirements.
Effective December 31, 2010, no person shall sell, supply, offer for sale, or manufacture for use in California any Multi-Purpose Solvent or Paint Thinner that contains any of the following:
• Chemical compounds that have a GWP Value of 150 or greater;
• Methylene chloride, perchloroethylene, or trichloroethylene; or
• Greater than 1% Aromatic Compound by weight.
Multi-Purpose Solvent and Paint thinners that contain any of the above referenced compounds or substances and which were manufactured before Dec. 31, 2010 may continue to be sold until Dec. 31, 2013 provided the products comply with the dating requirements.