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ACA has identified eight priorities areas on which it would like to work with the 114th Congress. Meaningful progress and reform on these issues is important to the paint and coatings industry.

Security within the chemical sector remains an important state and federal issue in light of potential adverse effects that might arise from a terrorist attack at chemical manufacturing, storage, or transportation facilities.


New and aggressive legislative efforts at the federal and state level are seeking to amend longstanding policies with respect to management of new and existing chemicals regulations.


Over the last 10 years the paint and coatings industry has made great strides in emission reductions. Current and near-term regulations, as well as pollution prevention and waste minimization practices, have rapidly lowered the amount of emissions from the paint and coatings industry and will continue to do so. 

ACA's Product Stewardship Committee currently offers the Advance Supplement to the 6th Edition of the Paint Industry Labeling Guide to its membership.


The American Coatings Association (ACA) would like consumers to know that the type of latex found in latex paints is not the same type of latex found in products that trigger latex allergies.

The efforts to curb environmental lead exposures in the United States have been an American public health success story.

Marine paints and coatings are applied to commercial and military ships (for both salt and fresh water), fixed and floating marine structures such as offshore oil rigs, and recreational boats and yachts. Included are passenger ships, freighters, tankers, container ships, fishing boats and ferries, as well as oil rigs, inland waterway ships, barges and tow boats.

ACA is dedicated to promoting occupational health and safety as a priority for its members. As such, the association has an active Occupational Health & Safety Committee that provides members with guidance that will enable them to effectively manage their health and safety programs. ACA also recognizes its members with outstanding safety records through its Safety Awards Program.

Following a  2007 Memorandum of Understanding with the Paint Product Stewardship Initiative (organized by the Product Stewardship Institute and bringing together government and industry) calling for a nationally, coordinated program for the management of post-consumer paint, the American Coatings Association created PaintCare®, a not-for-profit (501(c)(3)) organization whose sole purpose is to ensure effective operation and efficient administration of paint product stewardship programs on behalf of all architectural paint manufacturers in the United States.

Product Stewardship is a key component of the paint and coatings industry. "Product stewardship" is a principle that directs all participants involved in the life cycle of a product to consider the impacts to human health and the natural environment that result from the production, use, and end-of-life management of the product. Stakeholders typically include manufacturers, retailers, consumers, and government officials.


In June 2007, the European Union (EU) regulation covering the Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH) was finalized.

Spray or aerosol paints are paints formulated for spraying from a hand-held pressurized can for the finishing and touch-up of cars, machinery, metal furniture, appliances, and other unlimited items.

ACA has made safe transport and distribution of its industry’s raw materials and finished goods a leading priority.

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The United States exported $1.8 billion in paint and coatings products in 2010, up by 24 percent, or $343 million, from 2009.

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