If you’re a distributor, manufacturer, or fabricator who works with composite wood products, you can put to rest any concerns about meeting the more stringent requirements in Title VI of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) by working with a prepared supplier. Timber Products has led the way in ensuring its composite wood products meet the EPA’s updated environmental standards, eliminating any disruptions to supplying sustainable wood products for all of our customers’ unique needs.
As of June 1, 2018, Title VI of the Toxic Substances Control Act tightened allowable emissions from the adhesives used in composite wood products, bringing national standards in line with the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) regulations. To eliminate the potentially dangerous effects of off-gassing from the traditional formaldehyde-based resins used to bind composite wood products, Title VI has set more stringent limits for formaldehyde emissions from hardwood plywood, MDF and particleboard.
Of course, updated labeling requirements are only the outwardly visible result of this regulatory change; years of preparation have gone into ensuring our wood products would meet all standards on time. Timber Products has worked hard to keep this process smooth and predictable for customers. It’s for this reason we set out to label all of our composite wood products by April 16, 2018, well ahead of the EPA’s compliance deadline.
CARB Phase 2 compliant-wood products have until March 22, 2019, to update their labeling to meet TSCA Title VI regulations. To limit any confusion, Timber Products has included in its Library a statement on all materials that notes that they are either EPA TSCA Title VI certified or CARB Phase 2 compliant. Customer order acknowledgments and invoices will both include compliance statements as well.
Experts at Timber Products have worked to stay ahead of the EPA’s new requirements, just as they worked to become one of the first U.S. hardwood plywood manufacturers to have an entire product line CARB-certified. The company is committed to meeting consumer demands for wood products in a healthy and sustainable way and minimizing any disruption to getting materials to our customers in a timely manner.
We are committed to helping our customers use these products appropriately. Fabricators working with particleboard, hardwood plywood or MDF labeled for Title VI or CARB Phase 2 compliance will likely need to label their end product as well. Still, if you’re in doubt as to what step you need to take to ensure your products are meeting all regulations, don’t hesitate to reach out to Timber Products and speak with an expert who can help. We remain as committed to helping our customers as we do to innovating around sustainability.