Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

How do I know if a VOC content limit applies to my product?

The VOC content limits for applicable consumer products are listed in 9 VAC 5-40-7270, Table 4-50A of the regulation.

Not every consumer product falls into a product category that has an applicable VOC content limit. For example, aerosol paints, insulation foams and PVC piping adhesives are consumer products.  As such, they are technically subject to the consumer products regulation, but they have no VOC content limits assigned in Table 4-50 A.

The following consumer product categories currently have VOC content limits assigned.  Remember, only those consumer products that contain VOC are subject to this regulation.

Adhesives, aerosol
Adhesives, contact
Adhesives, construction, panel, and floor covering
Adhesives, general purpose
Adhesives, structural waterproof
Air fresheners
Automotive brake cleaners
Automotive rubbing or polishing compounds
Automotive waxes, polishes, sealants, or glazes
Automotive windshield washer fluids
Bathroom and tile cleaners
Bug and tar removers
Carburetor or fuel-injection air intake cleaners
Carpet and upholstery cleaners
Charcoal lighter materials
Cooking spray, aerosols
Dusting aids
Engine degreasers
Fabric protectants
Floor polishes/waxes
Floor wax strippers, nonaerosol
Furniture maintenance products, except solid or paste
General purpose cleaners
General purpose degreasers
Glass cleaners
Hair mousses
Hair shines
Hair sprays
Hair styling gels
Heavy-duty hand cleaners or soaps
Laundry prewash
Laundry starch products
Metal polishes and cleansers
Multi-purpose lubricant, except solid or semi-solid products
Nail polish removers
Non-selective terrestrial herbicide (only non-aerosols)
Oven cleaners
Paint removers or strippers
Rubber and vinyl protectants
Sealants and caulking compounds
Shaving creams
Silicone-based multi-purpose lubricants, except for solid or semi-solid products
Spot removers
Tire sealants and inflators
Undercoatings (only aerosols)

In certain cases, some of the consumer products listed above are specifically excluded from having to comply with the VOC content limits:

    1. Air fresheners whose VOC content (other than exempt VOC) is composed entirely of fragrance VOC and Low Vapor Pressure VOC do not have to comply with the VOC content limit for air fresheners. (LVP-VOC is defined in 9 VAC 5-40-7260 C of the regulation.)  (Refer to 9 VAC 5-40-7250 G to see this requirement.)
    2. Air fresheners and insecticides containing at least 98% paradichlorobenzene do not have to comply with the VOC content limits for air fresheners or insecticides. (Refer to 9 VAC 5-40-7250 H.)
    3. Adhesives sold in container sizes of 1 fluid ounce or less do not have to comply with the VOC content limit for adhesive. (Refer to 9 VAC 5-40-7250 I and see the definition of “adhesive” in 9 VAC 5-40-7260 C for other package size exclusions.)
    4. Bait station insecticides (containers enclosing an insecticidal bait that is not more than 0.5 ounce by weight) do not have to comply with the VOC content limits for insecticide. (Refer to 9 VAC 5-40-7250 I.).