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AHFA to Host Compliance Workshop About Present Formaldehyde Rule

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The American Residence Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) will host a workshop on Wednesday, February 15, to help firms making ready to adjust to the final milestone in Title VI of the Poisonous Substances Management Act, in any other case referred to as the formaldehyde rule.

The rule’s closing deadline applies to firms that produce or supply merchandise consisting of an Environmental Safety Company-certified hardwood plywood, MDF or particleboard platform with a wooden or bamboo laminated veneer. Corporations have till March 22, 2024, to change to a no-added formaldehyde (NAF) or phenol resin for these laminated merchandise.

After that date, firms that haven’t transformed to a NAF or phenol resin shall be topic to all record-keeping and third-party certification necessities at present utilized solely to panel producers.

Registration for the 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. workshop is $200 per particular person and consists of lunch. A digital attendance possibility is $100. (AHFA members ought to seek the advice of the registration web page for decreased charges.) The workshop shall be held on the Guilford Technical Neighborhood School Convention Heart in Colfax, N.C. The deadline for in-person registration is Tuesday, January 31. AHFA members and non-members can register at www.ahfa.us/event-template/formaldehyde-rule-workshop.

A key characteristic of the February 15 workshop shall be a panel of main adhesive producers invited to debate new and rising resin applied sciences. Contributors embody Akzo Nobel Wooden Adhesives, Franklin Adhesives & Polymers, H.B. Fuller Firm and Hexion Inc.

Additionally on the agenda is Robert Courtnage, lead bodily scientist within the Environmental Safety Company’s Workplace of Chemical Security and Air pollution Prevention; Travis Snapp, Joel Oser and Chris Battin, all of Benchmark Worldwide; and Michael Sullivan of Womble Bond Dickinson.

Courtnage will current “From Fabricator to Producer,” an outline of provisions within the federal rule pertaining to laminated product producers and importers, that are known as “fabricators” within the formaldehyde rule.

Snapp, Oser and Battin will observe up with particular motion gadgets fabricators ought to be taking to fulfill the March 2024 compliance deadline, whereas Sullivan will define provide chain methods as a part of a complete compliance program. The workshop will conclude with a query and reply session to make sure attendees depart with the data they want for a compliance motion plan.

Recapping TSCA Title VI:  The Formaldehyde Requirements for Composite Wooden Merchandise Act was signed into regulation to turn out to be Poisonous Substances Management Act (TSCA) Title VI in July 2010.

TSCA Title VI established formaldehyde emission limits designed to scale back publicity to formaldehyde in sure wooden merchandise produced in or imported into the USA. The emission limits in Title VI are an identical to these established by the California Air Sources Board (CARB) in 2007 and totally carried out in California by July 2012.

Title VI directed the EPA to develop rules to make sure compliance with the formaldehyde emission limits. These rules set forth a collection of compliance deadlines, starting in Could 2017 and ending with the March 22, 2024, deadline for laminated merchandise.

EPA gave the business a seven-year window for laminated merchandise to permit producers and stakeholders time to petition for an exemption from the emission limits OR to develop various (NAF or phenol resin) glues to make sure laminated merchandise met the emission limits.

About AHFA: The American Residence Furnishings Alliance, based mostly in Excessive Level, N.C., represents greater than 200 main furnishings producers and distributors, plus about 150 suppliers to the furnishings business worldwide.



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