Dry cleaners, vehicle refinishers and other premises using paints and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) must ensure they comply with certain regulations.
The purpose of these regulations is to control the emissions of VOCs to air.
VOCs are air pollutants that can have harmful effects to human health and the environment. Exposure can cause respiratory illnesses, be harmful to the unborn and be damaging to crops and ecosystems.
Sources of VOCs include vehicle emissions, fuel combustion and domestic solvent usage. Other sources include commercial and industrial activities using organic solvents including dry cleaning services, paint spraying and vehicle refinishing.