There is a real need for technically achievable limits in architectural and industrial maintenance (AIM) coatings regulations that will continue to allow industry to manufacture its products as demanded by the market. It is important to understand that manufacturers do not oppose making low-emission paints; their customers demand these products and current national and state regulations serve to reinforce this demand. Rather, manufacturers support regulations that provide flexibility and do not impose a “one size fits all” standard for all coatings. To be effective, limits should be developed by taking into consideration technical characteristics and performance, as well as environmental impact. This approach allows for the use of low-VOC to supplement existing coatings, without having a detrimental affect on necessary performance properties.
The following is a brief overview of the current AIM regulations governing volatile organic compounds (VOC) in the United States and abroad. It has been developed as a general guide and reference document to help ACA members understand the regulations and the major differences among them. It is not intended to be a complete compliance manual for these rules.
We urge our members to become familiar with the individual rules that are in effect in the jurisdictions in which they market AIM products.