Consumer Adhesives, Sealants, and Caulking Compounds
Products such as caulking compounds and adhesives in consumer sizes are regulated by the consumer products regulations around the country. It is a complex maze of regulations as there is a U.S. EPA regulation along with many state regulations that are stricter than the federal standards. The most stringent regulation is the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) Consumer Products Regulation. While CARB has consistently updated and refined its Consumer Products regulation, EPA has not amended its regulation since it was adopted. Other states, most notably those in the Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) and the Lake Michigan Air Districts Commission (LADCO) have adopted some version of the CARB regulation.
The adhesive and caulk categories include all aerosol adhesives, contact adhesives (Special Purpose and General), all sealant and caulking compounds, general purpose adhesives, adhesive removers and Construction, Panel and Floor covering adhesives. Generally speaking, these adhesive and sealant products are regulated as “consumer products” so long as they are less than 16 ounces or one pound and are sold at retail.
Manufacturers of these consumer adhesives and sealants continue to reformulate to meet the stringent standards of the state regulations without sacrificing performance characteristics.