Furnishings Focus Blog

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Looking to Achieve ATCM Compliance from an Approved CARB Certification Lab?

In order to sell a product containing composite wood in the state of California, compliance with the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM) is required. Designed to reduce formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products and any finished products that contain them, the ATCM sets forth emissions limits for hardwood plywood (HWPW), particle board (PB), and medium density fiberboard (MDF). UL is an approved Third Party Certifier of the California Air Resources Board, meaning that UL is authorized to conduct inspections and testing to assess composite wood panel manufacturers’ products for compliance to the regulation. [...]

Acing the Test Report: Test Report Standardization and Transparency

On October 29, 2015, UL, BIFMA, and the GSA conducted a presentation titled, Acing the Test Report: Test Report Standardization and Transparency, at NeoCon East in Philadelphia. Stefania Crum of GSA, Dave Panning of BIFMA, and Doug Woodard of UL discussed how variations in testing, reports, and product names present specifiers with challenges to ensure products have met GSA requirements. Are there specific GSA requirements that help unify the testing process? Stevie Crum, Commodity Service Specialist for GSA, indicated several requirements during the NeoCon presentation that can help establish GSA acceptance and simplify the test report process. [...]