Consumer Products Laboratory SOPs and Test Methods
California Air Resources Board (CARB) Method 310 applies to the determination of the percent of weight of volatile organic compounds (VOC) in consumer products, antiperspirant and deodorant products, and aerosol coatings products, as defined in Title 17, California Code of Regulations, Sections 94500 et. seq. The method determines the VOC content in a product and the presence of any compounds prohibited by CARB regulations ("prohibited compounds"). Components of the product that do not meet the definition of a VOC or are exempted by CARB regulations for a specific product category ("exempt compounds") are subtracted from the total volatile material to determine the final VOC content for the product.
We have included our Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) which CARB staff use to implement Method 310. Mention of any trade name or commercial product in Method 310 or the SOPs does not constitute endorsement or recommendation of this product by the California Air Resources Board.
Consumer Product Regulations
There are four existing consumer product regulations in California. The first regulation (Article 1) covers only the categories of antiperspirants and deodorants. The second regulation (Article 2) covers numerous categories and is simply called the "General Consumer Products Regulation." The third regulation (Article 3) covers categories of aerosol coatings. These three regulations contain VOC and reactivity limits that apply to numerous product types. For compliance flexibility, the fourth regulation (Article 4) is a voluntary emissions averaging program for consumer products, called the Alternative Control Plan (ACP) regulation. Article 5, a voluntary program that provides an incentive for early or over compliance, called the Hairspray Credit Program, was REPEALED JANUARY 1, 2015.
- The Table of Contents
- Article 1: Regulation for Reducing VOC Emissions from Antiperspirants and Deodorants
- Article 2: Regulation for Reducing Emissions from Consumer Products
(THE "GENERAL CONSUMER PRODUCTS REGULATION")
- Article 3: Regulation for Reducing the Ozone Formed from Aerosol Coating Product Emissions, and the Tables of Maximum Incremental Reactivity Values
- Article 4: Alternative Control Plan Regulation for Consumer Products and Aerosol Coating Products
- Article 5: Hairspray Credit Program Regulation (REPEALED JANUARY 1, 2015)
- All current Consumer Products' five regulations in one file