Selecting a cleaning agent for your company or government body is not as clean-cut or as simple as it used to be. Once upon a time, corporate purchasers could simply find a cleaning product that seemed to work well and was available for an affordable price; no further due diligence was required. Certainly, concepts like environmental friendliness and eco compliance barely registered, if they registered at all.
Today, however, these regulatory issues are key concerns. It’s not enough for companies to find cleaning products that work. They must also think about the environment. They must also consider the kind of ecological footprint that a cleaning product leaves, and how that may or may not run afoul of environmental compliance standards.
These compliance standards are numerous, and touch on everything to the sourcing of your products to the VOCs used. Here is a term that may warrant a quick explanation: What are VOCs, and what should you know about VOC compliance?
WHAT ARE VOCS?
VOC stands for volatile organic compound. California law, which is particularly rigid with regard to air quality and pollution, defines the term this way: “Any volatile compound of carbon, excluding carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, carbonic acid, metallic carbides or carbonates, ammonium carbonate, and [a few additional] exempt compounds.”
The Environmental Protection Agency, meanwhile, declares this: “Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors. VOCs are emitted by a wide array of products numbering in the thousands.”
WHAT IS VOC COMPLIANCE?
VOC compliance is a big deal, particularly in California. Here, stringent clean air initiatives require that certain company owners and operators keep precise records of how they are using products that might emit VOCs.
For business entities in California, then, there are a great many regulatory headaches that can be avoided simply by investing in cleaning products that are certified as low VOC. Of course, it is important to ensure that these cleaning agents are effective, too.
This, in a nutshell, is the mission of Enviroform: To provide products that allow for regulatory compliance to be upheld while also offering full potency and effectiveness. A good example of this is our COBRA Degreaser, a powerful grease-removing product that fully qualifies for low-VOC exemptions in the State of California.
Learn more about this or our other eco-conscious products by visiting the Enviroform Industries website.