Composite wood products dating from before their manufacturers were certified under California’s new formaldehyde emission rules can still be regarded as compliant if the manufacturer has followed certain steps, according to the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
A CARB product advisory issued in November explains how inventories produced before their manufacturers were CARB-certified can still be seen as CARB-compliant.
CARB approved an airborne toxic control measure (ATCM) last year which is now in effect under Title 17 of the California Code of Regulations. The ATCM’s phase 1 emission standards took effect on January 1, 2009 for hardwood plywood with veneer core, particleboard, MDF, and thin MDF (8mm or less).
The phase 1 emission standard for hardwood plywood composite core will take effect on July 1, 2009.