Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) - California

California's air quality regulations are the most comprehensive and challenging in the world. Due to California’s reputation, many states automatically adopt California’s latest standards as their own. As a result, working with California to establish fair standards has benefits beyond California's borders.

TSG has experience and expertise in a wide array of environmental quality acts, ranging from consumer products, electronics, metals, pesticides and industrial chemicals, to natural compounds. These comprehensive, and often long-term projects, are an essential tool in maintaining marketing positions within the United States.  

Where individual companies do not take an active role in air quality regulations, competitors do, resulting in compliance standards that are often tailored for companies that are involved in government rule making. Being involved in these processes of air quality is essential to marketing and selling a product in the long-term.

California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) – Consumer Product Regulations

The Consumer Products Regulatory Program is an important part of CARB's overall effort to reduce the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are emitted from the use of chemically formulated consumer products. As stated by CARB, a "Consumer product means a chemically formulated product used by household and institutional consumers, including, but not limited to, detergents; cleaning compounds; polishes; floor finishes; cosmetics; personal care products; home, lawn, and garden products; disinfectants; sanitizers; aerosol paints; and automotive specialty products; but does not include other paint products, furniture coatings, or architectural coatings."

VOCs that are emitted into the air from consumer products and other sources react with other pollutants under sunlight to form ground-level ozone and particulate matter, which are the main ingredients in smog. Reducing VOC emissions from consumer products therefore plays an integral part in CARB's effort to reduce smog in California.

Air Quality Management District (AQMD) – Coatings and Industrial Process Regulations

 There are 35 AQMDs in California, however the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has the strictest standards in the nation and is often used as a basis for regulatory standards throughout the United States. The SQAMD is the air pollution control agency for all of Orange County and the urban portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, and is responsible for controlling emissions primarily from stationary sources of air pollution.

SCAQMD develops and adopts an Air Quality Management Plan, which serves as the blueprint to bring their region into compliance with federal and state
clean air standards.  Rules are adopted to reduce emissions from various sources, including specific types of equipment, industrial processes, paints and solvents, and even consumer products.  SCAQMD staff conducts periodic inspections to ensure compliance with these requirements.