HOLLYWOOD, FL – The first requirements of California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) Air Toxic Control Measure (ATCM) for formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products took effect Jan. 1. Store fixtures that contain particleboard, MDF and hardwood plywood must comply with the new regulation if they are destined for use in California. The Association for Retail Environments (A.R.E.) offers two CARB compliance tools:

* Now available on demand: A.R.E. University webinar, CARB Compliance: Implications of the New California Formaldehyde Rule. Presented by John Bradfield, director of environmental affairs of the Composite Panel Assn., it covers what the requirements entail, when companies need to be compliant, what exemptions apply, what labeling is needed on inventory and what records to keep and for how long. ??

* For A.R.E. members only: CARB Labeling Fact Sheet, a quick reference including sample language for labeling components or finished products as they apply to A.R.E. members.

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