Koskisen Group15.04.2010

CARB certificate assures the environmental friendliness

Anna-Maaret Roppola Koskisen Plywood Industry Quality Manager

Anna-Maaret Roppola Koskisen Plywood Industry Quality Manager

The products of Koskisen’s Plywood industry have been CARB certified since last spring.

CARB, aka California Air Resources Board, is a certificate the purpose of which is to promote and preserve health and well-being as well as ecological sources by decreasing air pollution. The target of CARB is to ensure safe and clean air quality, protect people from polluting emissions, decrease greenhouse emissions, as well as enhance and execute rules and laws preventing air pollution.

Weekly measurements

At Koskisen’s Plywood industry, CARB is present in the form of weekly measurements. They take samples of the plywood products and measure their formaldehyde content.

“Formaldehyde can be found in almost all the products around us. One of the uses of formaldehyde is the production of wood product adhesives. The formaldehyde in wood products is released into the air we breathe and it has been classified as a potentially cancer-causing (carcinogenic) substance. With weekly measurements we can make sure that the formaldehyde content of our products is below the reference values and that the glue producers have succeeded in their recipes,” says Anna-Maaret Roppola, Quality Manager for Koskisen’s Plywood industry.

It all began in California

In order to receive the CARB certificate, a company needs to have testings by a third party and constant surveillance of quality control. According to Anna-Maaret Roppola, Koskisen is about to receive ULEF (ultra-low-emitting formaldehyde-based-glue) status for all its plywood products.

“Although the certificate only applied to wood products delivered to the state of California at first, it has become so common that most of our customers demand it. That is a good thing because by monitoring the formaldehyde content of our products we can influence our own well-being as well as that of the environment,” Roppola points out.