Are You Up To Code With California ARB Regulations?
Is your forklift fleet in compliance with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Code of Regulations? If you’re not sure, now’s the time to verify!
What is the California Air Resources Board (CARB)?
CARB is a division of the California Environmental Protection Agency. You can find their website at http://www.arb.ca.gov/. CARB’s goal is to maintain California’s clean air.
Who must stay up to CARB code?
CARB has established air quality standards, which business owners must follow. All businesses using 3 or more lift trucks are subject to CARB code, though inspectors visit locations with 25+ lift trucks most frequently.
For all industries using forklifts and other material handling equipment, CARB regulations are a very big consideration! Cromer is aware of the regulations, and we know how to help you stay in compliance.
What happens if you aren’t up to code?
Failure to meet CARB code may result in fines. If CARB inspectors stop by and find your business in violation, they can levy fines of up to $500 per day until you’re in compliance.
Severe violations may even prevent you from operating your business. CARB settlements can result in a shutdown order and/or very high fines. For example:
- The San Joaquin Regional Transit District received a $35,000 fine for failing to comply with State air emissions requirements for its buses.
- Fines from $10,000 to $120,000 for failure to supply complete emissions information by the appropriate deadlines, against 9 energy & construction companies in late 2012.
- Foster Enterprises was fined $300,000 in December 2012 for excessive diesel exhaust emissions.
Could you afford fines like these? If not, you’d better make sure your trucks are up to code!
How to determine if you’re up to CARB code
Step 1: Use a CARB Calculator to check your forklift emissions compliance.
This free CARB Calculator spreadsheet will show you an estimate of your forklift fleet’s emissions level. If your ARB compliance is at risk, it will show you.
CARB Calculator (Downloadable file, Excel format)
Step 2: Contact Cromer Material Handling for CARB assistance or repair.
If your emissions results indicate that you’re not up to CARB Code (or are in danger of failing compliance), contact Cromer Material Handling for help. We’re happy to help you with:
Call Cromer’s Service Headquarters at 800-974-5438 for a maintenance request. Questions on using the CARB Calculator? We’ll help you with that too. Let’s all stay up to code.
-Marshall Cromer, The Forklift Boss