VOC-free paints : what are the standards?

VOC-free paints : what are the standards?

In 2009, the federal government imposed standards to the paint manufacturers to help reduce our national greenhouse gas emissions. Indeed, non-ecological paints contain volatile organic compounds (VOC) that evaporate, thus increasing the atmospheric pollution which created smog.

VOCs have been identified as a cause to some respiratory problems and other health issues in the big cities. This explains why Environment Canada settled some standards to reduce the quantity of VOCs in the products sold throughout Canada.

Here is a summary of the permitted VOC maximum concentrations for different painting, staining and varnishing products:

  • Staining (brick dye, wood dye and such): less than 200 g/l
  • Wood varnish: less than 350 g/l
  • Matte paint: less than 100 g/l
  • Non-matte paint: less than 150 g/l
  • Glossy paint: less than 250 g/l
  • Rustproof paint: less than 400 g/l
  • Primer: less than 200 g/l
  • Specialized primer: less than 350 g/l

To make sure that no one in your company suffers from VOC related health problems, you have to look for the “low-VOC” mention on the paint containers you choose. Remember that VOCs can also be found in dyes, varnishes and paint colorants.

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Thank for helping us breathe better.

Dave Beaupre