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Hallmark Exceeds TSCA Title VI Compliant Certification Standards
FAQ ABOUT HALLMARK FLOORS and TSCA Title VI Compliant
Is Hallmark TSCA Title VI Compliant compliant for formaldehyde emissions?
Hallmark Floors takes pride in the fact that from our inception, indoor air quality has been a very high priority. Our manufacturing process is closely monitored and third party certified. We pride ourselves as being a cutting edge company when it comes to having obtained world class, low-formaldehyde emissions. In fact, Hallmark has been producing product that met the TSCA Title VI Compliant standards in 2008, a year prior to the CARB I standard and three years prior to the TSCA Title VI Compliant standards being developed and implemented.
OSHA – the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration guidelines allowed for more emissions than were permitted in Europe and Japan. Hallmark felt the most responsible thing to do for our customers was to emulate the more stringent international standards, E-0.
On January 1, 2009 the State of California (California Air Resource Board) implemented the CARB I standard of 0.08ppm (parts per million emission) for engineered hardwood flooring and hardwood plywood.
On January 1, 2011 TSCA Title VI Compliant was fully implemented at a maximum emission rate of 0.05ppm, which is lower than the International Standard E-0. TSCA Title VI Compliant is 15.5 times lower than the federal guidelines as determined by OSHA (0.775). TSCA Title VI Compliant is much closer to the rate of normal air quality ranging from 0.03ppm to 0.08ppm. Formaldehyde at these levels is naturally occurring, with higher levels typically in urban areas. To be completely Formaldehyde free is impossible given that plant matter naturally contains these trace amounts. The real point of CARB II is to ensure that engineered wood products are not pushing levels past the acceptable standards of nature.
Independent Third Party Certified.
Hallmark Complies with TSCA Title VI Compliant Certification Standards.
Exceeding Certification Standards Since 2008
FAQ ON TSCA Title VI Compliant
TSCA Title VI, Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Takes Effect December 2017. Formaldehyde is a colorless gas found in numerous products, including composite woods (plywood, particleboard and medium-density fiberboard, or MDF) and products containing these materials. Beginning June 1, 2018, composite wood products sold, supplied, offered for sale, manufactured, or imported in the United States are required to be labeled as CARB ATCM Phase II or TSCA Title VI compliant. Beginning on March 22, 2019, composite wood products must be labeled as TSCA Title VI compliant. These products include: hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard, and particleboard, as well as household and other finished goods containing these products.
You can check with your local supplier and find out what a companies policy is as to their compliance with the TSCA Title VI standards. All flooring sold in California is legally obligated to follow such standards. Though it is expected to become a nationwide standard in 2015, no other state in the United States is legally obligated to follow the TSCA Title VI standards. There is also formaldehyde-testing kits that are available for purchase online through Amazon.com.
As of today, there is no national law in place against these chemical emissions. In the United States, only California has the law of CARB II emission control laws. If someone bought flooring today from any other state, a company could sell that person a product with as much formaldehyde as they wanted. However, the United States is expected to adopt the laws made by California to make the rest of the nation TSCA Title VI compliant. This law is expected to become nationally recognized by 2015.
Fortunately, acceptable formaldehyde emission levels from wood panel products are continuously dropping. Some reasons for these levels to be lowered are public awareness, which creates a greater demand for non-hazardous products, as well as things such as government regulations. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, and the National Toxicology Program now recognize formaldehyde as a carcinogen. This has made the public more concerned on the topic, and has also gotten reactions by worker and consumer associations, environmental organizations, authorities, and the industry itself. Generally, all flooring manufactured in North America abides by the American National Standard for Particleboard (ANSI A208.1). This is the voluntary standard. In North America, the allowed formaldehyde emission levels are 0.20 ppm for particleboard. Flooring that is manufactured in Europe abides by the European E1 standard, which is 0.14 ppm. Flooring that is manufactured in Asia and imported to North America abide by the European E2 standard, which is 0.32 ppm. On April 26, 2007, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved an airborne toxic control measure. This control measure reduced acceptable formaldehyde emissions from hardwood plywood (HWPW), particleboard (PB), and medium density fiberboard (MDF). The CARB standard is for indoor products in the state of California, but will be the standard for the rest of North America, and is recognized around the world. The CARB rule was put into place in two phases. CARB I was implemented January 1, 2009. These standards for the allowed formaldehyde emissions were 0.08 ppm for HWPW, 0.18 ppm for PB, and 0.21 ppm for MDF. Two years after CARB I was introduced, CARB II was set and allowed emission levels were lowered. The new standards were set at 0.05 ppm for HWPW, 0.09 ppm for PB, and 0.11 ppm for MDF. CARB II is the law for formaldehyde emissions in California, but has yet to be implemented across the rest of the United States. The rest of the country is expected to abide by the CARB II standards in 2015.
Comparison of International HWPW Emissions Standards
CARB-P1: California Air Resources Board Phase 1 emission standard (Allow
sell-through date for PB & MDF is until Dec 31, 2011)
CARB-P2: California Air Resources Board Phase 2 emission standard
(Enforcement date for PB & MDF is Jan 01, 2012)
ANSI A208.1 & 2: North America voluntary standards ANSI A208.1-
2009 Particleboard & ANSI A208.2-2009 MDF (include most of
industrial particle boards and MDF)
E2: European E2 emission standard (Most import products from Asia
are E2 or worse)
E1: European E1 emission standard
E0: European E0 emission standard
SE0: European Super E0 emission standard
F**: Japanese F-Star2 emission standard
F***: Japanese F-Star3 emission standard
F****: Japanese F-Star4 emission standard
JIS: Japanese Industrial Standard
HWPW: – Hardwood / Plywood
PW: – Industrial plywood
PB: – Particleboard
MDF: – Medium density fiberboard
ppm: – Parts per million
Yes! Hallmark has been TSCA Title VI compliant years before the CARB II standard was put into place in 2011. Hallmark Floors has been proactive in making a great product safe for its users.
Hallmark Floors has five collections of luxury vinyl that use Nano control technology in their finish. The anti-microbial characteristics of this finish make the finish kill viruses and bacteria as they come in contact with the floor’s surface. The titanium dioxide additive in the finish reacts to light, which makes this possible without the use of harsh chemicals.