Regulatory authority California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) have regulatory authority for consumer products and set VOC limits for these products which include adhesives; household, institutional, brake, electronic cleaners; degreasers; some personal care products; multi-purpose lubricants; paint thinners and multi-purpose solvents; etc.
Definition The CARB definition for LVP substances is VOCs that have a vapor pressure less than 0.1 mmHg at 20°C or a boiling point greater or equal to 216°C. The U.S. EPA definition is VOCs that have a vapor pressure < 0.1 mmHg at 20°C or a melting point > 20°C and does not sublime, if the vapor pressure is not known.
LVP exclusion If a substance qualifies for LVP exclusion, it is not counted as a VOC and VOC limits do not apply to its use for most product categories regulated under Consumer Product Rules.
Consumer Product Rules The Consumer Product Rules allow an LVP (low vapor pressure) exclusion based on low volatility for most product categories.
Note Coatings and industrial applications are not regulated under the Consumer Product Rule and the LVP-VOC exclusion does not apply to these products.