Sustainability

CARB


California Air Resource Board (CARB)
Air Toxic Control Measure (ACTM) 93120

Background
Formaldehyde is produced on a large scale worldwide. One of many uses includes the production of wood binding adhesives and resins. The Air Resource Board (ARB) evaluated formaldehyde exposure in California and found that one major source of exposure is from inhalation of formaldehyde emitted from composite wood products containing urea-formaldehyde resins.


Formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products equate to 240 tons hardwood plywood, 450 tons particle board and 190 tons medium density fiberboard for a total of 900 tons per year.




What we’re doing


Even though CARB Phase II is required only in the state of California at this time, we at Jasper Group feel this is a priority across the board. Since 2008, every applicable product made by Jasper Group, regardless of where it’s sold, is CARB compliant. All composite wood products, as applicable, are compliant with CARB Phase II.

While we as a company incur cost to implement and abide by these set standards, the offset of healthcare and wellbeing of society is not even a comparison. We are and have been committed to doing everything possible to achieve the lowest possible level of formaldehyde emissions.




July 7, 2010

S.1660 Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act becomes Public Law 111-199

This law further proves we made the right decision in 2008 for compliance of ALL Jasper Group products. To learn more about Public Law 111-199 pdfclick here. The new federal law aims to protect all consumers by restricting formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products sold, supplied or manufactured in the U.S.
-including those imported from foreign markets.

(California) Air Resources Board (ARB)
State law requires ARB to take action to reduce human exposure to all toxic air contaminants. The ARB staff approved an airborne toxic control measure (ATCM) to reduce formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products. ATCM is currently only required for products sold in the state of California. Enforcements include third party certification, statements of compliance, recordkeeping, product labeling, facility inspections and compliance testing.

Results of enforcement equate to emission reductions of 180 tons per year for phase one or 15% or between 12 to 35 cancer cases reduced and 500 tons per year phase two or 40% or between 35 to 97 cancer cases reduced. To read more pdfclick here.