Thanks to attending an informative Webinar hosted by A.R.E. (Association for Retail Environments), of which EMI Industries is a current member, EMI management staff acquired additional information on the hottest topic for wood product manufacturers. C.A.R.B. (California Air Resources Board) will begin regulating the quantity of formaldehyde, a toxic air contaminant, emitted from composite wood sold, or used to make finished products in the state of California. The new regulation will be phased in starting January 1, 2009. As this only stands for wood shipping into California, not all manufacturers are required to adhere to these new regulations just yet.
Continually at the forefront of the industry, EMI Industries is taking the initiative to comply with C.A.R.B.'s regulations, for all of the wood products it manufactures not just those shipping into California. The materials used by EMI Industries used to make finished products which will be compliant by January 1, 2009 include melamine, particle board and laminate. Additionally, C.A.R.B. compliant products will be tagged accordingly prior to leaving EMI facilities. This ensures that manufactured wood products emit no additional formaldehyde into the air.
The primary benefits of the new regulations are the reduction in formaldehyde emissions, total public exposure, and excess cancer risk in California. EMI Industries is pleased to contribute to the overall well being of workers and the environment.