Is Your Chemical Products Supplier VOC Compliant? Critical Questions to Ask Amid New Canadian VOC Regulations

Do you understand how your chemical products are changing with Canada’s new VOC regulations? 

Or has your supplier left you in the dark? 

Worse, are they even aware of the new Canadian VOC regulations? And will they be able to continue to supply you with the products you rely on? 

Navigating the new Canadian VOC regulations requires a supplier with a deep understanding of the legislation and a commitment to compliance. 

Engaging your supplier in a conversation about VOC compliance isn’t just about making sure they adhere to the law, it’s about ensuring the safety and sustainability of your operations—and the health of your people. 

Learn more about Canada’s new VOC regulations, the industrial chemical products it affects, and the critical questions to determine if the products you use are compliant in our comprehensive guide. 

And if you have questions, need low or VOC free products, or just need a second opinion to determine if the chemical products you use comply, contact our regulatory experts at voc-reg-info@guardianchem.com. a

Why is the Canadian Government Targeting VOCs?

Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOCs, are a group of chemicals that easily evaporate with potential impacts to indoor and outdoor air quality. They have been shown to contribute to air pollution and may pose health risks depending on their type and concentration. 

To reduce these impacts, new VOC regulations from the Canadian government limit the VOC content in a wide range of consumer and industrial chemical products. These regulations come into effect starting January 1, 2024. 

What are Examples of VOCs Under the New Legislation?

Thousands of raw materials used in consumer and industrial chemical products fall under the new VOC legislation limits. 

These raw materials can still be used in product formulations, however there are limits on the total VOC content within these products. This will reduce the amounts of VOC containing raw materials and combinations thereof that can be used. For example, if you purchase solvent degreasers, VOC content in these products is now limited to 30%. 

Examples of high VOC raw materials include: 

  • Acetone [CAS 67-64-1] 
  • Butyl cellosolve (2-butoxyethanol) [CAS 111-76-2] 
  • D-limonene [138-86-3] 
  • Heavy aromatic naphtha (solvent naphtha) [64742-94-5] 
  • Hexanes [110-54-3] 
  • Isopropyl alcohol [67-63-0] 
  • Kerosene [64742-48-9] 
  • Methanol [67-56-1] 
  • Methyl ethyl ketone [78-93-3] 
  • Mineral spirits (stoddard solvent) [64475-85-0] 
  • Turpentine [8006-64-2] 
  • Xylenes [1330-20-7] 
  • And many more 

If you’re not sure if the product you are using will comply with the new VOC legislation, contact us. We can’t give you a definitive answer, but our experts will review the SDS with you—and provide information on ingredients that may not comply. This will arm you with the right questions to start the conversation with your chemical supplier to ensure compliance. 

If you’d like us to review the SDSs for your chemical products to help you understand whether they comply, contact our regulatory experts at voc-reg-info@guardianchem.com. 

What are the New VOC Limits for Each Product Category?

The Canadian Government has defined numerous product categories and set limits on VOC for each. Here are the limits for selected industrial product categories impacted by the new VOC legislation.  

You can find the regulations and the full list of impacted product categories on the Government of Canada “Volatile Organic Compound Concentration Limits for Certain Products Regulations: SOR/2021-268” page. 

What You Need to Know About the So-Called Canada VOC Ban?

In recent discussions around environmental compliance, and air quality, the term “Canada VOC ban” has generated significant attention. Although there’s no outright ban on volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in Canada, new regulations and guidelines are tightening the permissible limits on these compounds in various consumer and industrial products.

What’s at Risk if My Supplier is Not VOC Compliant?

A lack of proper preparation for VOC compliance could lead to supply disruptions. Simply put, the products you rely on may no longer be available when you need them. 

And, if your supplier isn’t aware of the legislative changes, they could face operational disruptions, financial penalties, and reputational damage. The onus is on your supplier to help you navigate these changes smoothly, and that starts with clear communication. 

But, engaging your supplier in a conversation about VOC compliance is also about ensuring the safety and sustainability of your operations—and the health of your people. 

Is My Chemical Supplier Prepared for the Transition?

Without a well-structured plan and reformulation, the supply of products you rely on may be at risk. 

To prepare customers for the transition to low VOC products, chemical suppliers must: 

  • have a thorough understanding of the legislation 
  • communicate proactively with customers 
  • and develop a roadmap for compliance 

 

For chemical products impacted by the VOC legislation your product supplier must: 

  • formulate alternatives while managing cost and performance 
  • supply samples to customers for testing 
  • secure raw material supplies 
  • schedule new product production  
  • and transition customers from non-compliant products 

If your chemical supplier doesn’t have a plan and hasn’t provided transparent communication regarding the changing VOC legislation—it may be a red flag. The absence of such proactive measures might signal a lack of preparation or even awareness. 

Key Questions to Gauge Your Supplier’s Competence

Here are some critical questions you should ask your supplier to determine whether they are compliant with the new Canadian VOC regulations: 

Compliance Assurance: 

Are you aware of the new Canadian VOC regulations? 

How are you ensuring your products comply with the new VOC regulations? 

 

Product Reformulation: 

Are any of the products I purchase subject to reformulation to meet new VOC standards? 

If so, how will this reformulation affect product performance and cost? 

Can you provide VOC content for the products I purchase? 

 

Transition Plans: 

What plans do you have in place to help customers transition to compliant products? 

How will you support my operations during this transition? 

Will there be interruptions in your ability to supply products? 

 

The depth and clarity of their responses should provide insight into your supplier’s competence and reliability in navigating the new VOC regulatory landscape.  

At Guardian Chemicals, we pride ourselves on a proactive, transparent approach to regulatory compliance. As the new VOC regulations come into effect, we’re here to support our customers and ensure a smooth transition to low VOC alternatives with: 

  • open communication 
  • custom transition plans 
  • inventory management 
  • and compliant products 

If you need help determining if the products you use are compliant, or you just want to explore your options, we’re here to help you navigate the low VOC product landscape. Contact us at voc-reg-info@guardianchem.com or call us at 1-800-661-6544 and we’d be happy to help. 

Learn more about our plan to help customers navigate the transition in our Comprehensive Guide to Canada’s New VOC Regulations. 

Guardian Chemicals’ Commitment to Seamless Transition

Guardian Chemicals is committed to ensuring a smooth transition for our customers as the new VOC regulations come into effect. Our meticulous planning, proactive communication, and dedicated support resources are geared towards minimizing any disruptions and ensuring continued operational excellence. 

Canada’s new VOC regulations require a thorough understanding of the legislation, a thoughtful process and transition plan to help customers like you make the switch to low and VOC free alternatives. Engage with your supplier, ask critical questions, and ensure that they are well-equipped to help you make the switch. 

Are you confident in your supplier’s ability to navigate the new VOC regulations? If not, it might be time to explore your options. Don’t risk unplanned downtime because you can’t get the chemical products you rely on. Make sure you continue to have access to the products you need and start the conversation with alternative chemical suppliers. 

When you’re ready, contact Guardian Chemicals and learn how we can help you transition to low and VOC free chemical products with Chemistry Done Better! 

FAQ: Is Your Supplier VOC Compliant? How New VOC Regulations Affect Your Operation.

Learn more about VOCs, whether your supplier complies with the new Canadian VOC legislation, and how Guardian Chemicals can help you transition to low and VOC free chemical products. 

Guardian Chemicals prides itself on a transparent and proactive approach to regulatory compliance. As the new VOC regulations come into effect, our process is designed to ensure a smooth transition for our customers. 

What are VOCs and why are they being regulated?

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are chemicals that evaporate easily, impacting indoor and outdoor air quality. They contribute to air pollution and may pose health risks. The Canadian government’s new VOC regulations, effective January 1, 2024, limit VOC content in various consumer and industrial chemical products to reduce these impacts.

How do the new VOC regulations affect the chemical products I use?

Chemical products not in compliance with the new VOC regulations will need to be reformulated or discontinued. This could potentially alter the performance, cost, and availability of these products. That’s why you need a chemical supplier who is prepared to help you make the transition.

How do I know if my current supplier is prepared for the new VOC regulations?

Engage your supplier in a conversation about the new VOC regulations. Ask if the products you use are impacted, and whether they have a plan to transition customers. Review the questions outlined in this guide for more details. A well-prepared supplier should communicate the change to you and provide clear answers about the transition to low and VOC free products.

What should I do if my current supplier is not prepared for the new VOC regulations?

If your current supplier lacks a clear plan to meet the new VOC regulations, it might be time to explore alternative suppliers. Ensuring a smooth transition to compliant products is crucial to avoid disruptions in your operation.

If you are not a Guardian Chemicals customer and would like more information on how these regulations impact your business, contact us at voc-reg-info@guardianchem.com.

How can Guardian Chemicals help me transition to VOC compliant products?

Guardian Chemicals is committed to providing a seamless transition for our customers. We offer open communication, custom transition plans, inventory management, and compliant products to ensure minimize disruptions and ensure operational excellence. Our proactive and transparent approach ensures you’re well-supported throughout the transition to reduced VOC products. Best of all, we already have compliant low and VOC free products.

How do I get in touch with Guardian Chemicals for more information?

You can contact us at voc-reg-info@guardianchem.com or call us at 1-800-661-6544 for more information. We’re here to help you navigate the low VOC product landscape and ensure a smooth transition to compliant chemical products.

Where can I learn more about Guardian Chemicals' plan for the new VOC regulations?

Learn more about our plan to help you navigate the new VOC regulations in our Comprehensive Guide to Canada’s New VOC Regulations. Our guide provides detailed information on the regulations, transition plans, and how we aim to support our customers through these regulatory changes.

For a quick summary, you can also download our VOC FAQ Sheet.

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