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Aromatic hydrocarbons are benzene-based compounds. Aromatics such as toluene, ethyl benzene or xylene are mainly used as thinners in cellulose-nitrate and synthetic resin varnishes. Certain emulsion adhesives for flooring may also contain aromatic solvents. Aromatics are volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are assessed as involving considerable health hazards.
Volatile aromatic hydrocarbons are inadmissible as constituents of waterproofing agents, coatings, coating strippers for wood, metals and floorings as well as of plastering and spackling pastes. As defined in the guidelines of Decopaint (2004/42/EG) volatile aromatic hydrocarbons have a maximum boilingpoint of 250°C at standard pressure of 101,3 kPa. Impurities up to a content of 0.01% by weight (100 ppm) are tolerable.
For any other mixtures, the maximum admissible content of volatile aromatic hydrocarbons is 1% by weight.
In the case of powder mixtures, this criterion is regarded as met.
Alternatively, the corresponding baubook declaration may serve as evidence (www.baubook.info/oea).