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The Control on VOC Content of Vehicle Refinishing Paints - Promotional Leaflet

The Control on VOC Content of Vehicle Refinishing Paints

Vehicle refinishing paints usually contain organic solvents which are composed of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Application of these paints will release VOCs which cause air pollution and lead to the formation of smog. It will also degrade indoor air quality. Limiting the VOC content in these paints and other products can help improve air quality and protect the health of the workers.

From 1 October 2011 onwards, the import and local production of vehicle refinishing paints exceeding the VOC content limits (the statutory VOC content limits) set out in the Air Pollution Control (Volatile Organic Compounds) Regulation for local consumption will be banned, although paints imported or produced locally before 1 October 2011 can still be sold.

Under control include all types of vehicle refinishing paints such as adhesion promoters, clear coatings, colour coatings, multi-colour coatings, pre-treatment coatings, primers, single-stage coatings, temporary protective coatings, textured and flexibilized coatings, truck bed liner coatings, underbody coatings and uniform finish coatings.

For further information on the control, please access the following EPD's web pages or guidelines.

Installation & Maintenance of Particulate Reduction Devices

Air Pollution Control (Emission Reduction Devices for Vehicles) Regulation

The Regulation requires pre-Euro diesel goods vehicles that only operate within Hong Kong and are of permitted gross vehicle weight over four tonnes and registered as concrete mixer, gully emptier, lorry crane or pressure tanker to be properly installed with particulate reduction devices. According to the Pollution Control (Emission Reduction Devices for Vehicles)(Amendment) Regulation, on-road scheduled vehicles found contravening the above requirement will have their vehicle licences cancelled.


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