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What are VOCs?

VOC stands for “Volatile Organic Compound”. VOC’s are chemical elements that are contained in a variety of industrial products and by-products, such as exhaust-fumes, domestic cleaning agents, as well as paints. VOC’s readily evaporate into the atmosphere when VOC containing products are used. Solvents in paint, white spirit and ethanol are the main VOC carriers however, the amount incorporated in solvent-based paints is significantly higher than that in water-based paints.

What is the actual name of the “so-called” ‘VOC 2010 legislation’?

The official name of the legislation as released by the European Union is EU directive 2004/42/EC. Within UK legislation, this EU directive has been introduced under the name The Volatile Organic Compounds in Paints, Varnishes and Vehicle Refinishing Products Regulations 2005. However, in the public sphere, the short version that tends to be used is ‘VOC 2010 legislation’

What is the legislation about?

VOC 2010 legislation introduces stricter limits on the maximum amount of VOC’s that can be incorporated in decorative paints, stains and varnishes. Products are divided into different categories, and within each category, different limits apply to solvent and water-based products.

When will the new VOC limits come into force?

The revised lower VOC limits have now come into force with immediate effect. From this date forward, non-compliant products can no longer be manufactured/distributed.

What is VOC 2010 legislation ultimately aspirations?

VOC 2010 legislation seeks to reduce the amount of VOC’s that are emitted by the paint industry for environmental and health reasons. VOC’s contribute to air pollution and are said to be linked to global warming. They also contribute to the creation of ozone in the lower atmosphere, which poses a health risk to humans, animals and vegetation. Although the paint industry is by no means the largest contributor to total VOC emissions. We as manufacturers have a responsibility to directly invest our efforts into reducing VOC emissions.

What are other paint manufacturers doing about this?

With VOC 2016 legislation now in force and with it new, stricter limits on the amount of VOC’s that can be contained in decorative paints, stains and varnishes. Paint manufacturers are actively working on reducing the amount of VOC’s that are contained in their products.

Traditional solvent-based products are posing the main challenge, as their VOC contents tend to lie significantly above the new legislative limits. For this reason, many seem to believe that only water-based formulations will be available, this will not be the case.

The paint companies are aware that many of their customers continue to prefer the application and performance characteristics offered by solvent-based trim paints, and are paint systems that are solvent based AND fully VOC applicable.

Who can you sell paint to?

At this stage, only paint in Litre format can be sold to Commercial/Industrial and projects for Restoration (antiques and vehicles upto and over 30 years old). This legislation to date has no bearings on aerosol based products. By purchasing any of our products you are agreeing to the terms of the “EU product directive 2004/42/CE” of your own will and are solely responsible for any breach of this agreement, if used otherwise.

Pro Aerosols would like to thank you for your ongoing custom and look forward to doing business with you in the future in full compliance of this new legislation.

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