The State of California Air Resources Board provides an extensive list of questions frequently asked about the implementation of this regulation. Some of these questions and answers are excerpted below. For the full set, visit: http://www.arb.ca.gov/toxics/compwood/implementation/faq.htm
- What composite wood products fall under the airborne toxic control measure (ATCM)?
The ATCM applies to all hardwood plywood (HWPW), particleboard (PB), and medium density fiberboard (MDF), including thin MDF (≤ 8 mm), and finished goods that contain these products, that are sold, offered for sale, supplied, used, or manufactured for sale in California.
- What specific products are not covered by the ATCM?
Materials that are not covered by the ATCM include, but are not limited to hardboard, natural wood, and certified structural plywood, certified structural panels, structural composite lumber, oriented strand board, glue laminated timber, prefabricated wood I-joist, finger jointed lumber, or "composite wood products" used inside of new vehicles, rail cars, boats, aerospace craft or aircraft (please also refer to question #23).
- What are examples of finished goods?
Finished goods mean any good or product other than a panel, containing HWPW, PB, and MDF. Finished goods include, but are not limited to furniture, cabinets, shelving, countertops, flooring, moldings, caskets, base boards, rosettes, corbels, etc.
- Who does the ATCM apply to?
The ATCM applies to manufacturers, distributors, importers, fabricators, and retailers of the products described in question 1, as well as third party certifiers of manufacturers.
- Does the ATCM apply to blockboard?
No, blockboard is not covered by the ATCM since it is not included in the definition of HWPW.
- Does the ATCM apply to molded pallet blocks?
Molded pallet blocks that are made in individual molds and made specifically as molded pallet components are exempt for the ATCM. If in a given manufacturing process no flat panels are made or used, and if the resulting molded pallet block products have a very specific purpose, then molded pallet block products would not be subject to the ATCM.
- Does SCS provide certification support?
SCS provides ongoing program support, including on-going staff assistance, marketing and promotional support, and information about new or revised requirements. Certified clients will receive information about creating batch-specific Lot Labels for on-product use.