VOC Sampling

VOC Sampling

VOC

Sampling

VOC Sampling in Homes and Buildings

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gasses from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. Some are harmful by themselves, including some that cause cancer. In addition, they can react with other gasses and form other air pollutants after they are in the air.

Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors than outdoors and are emitted by a wide array of products numbering in the thousands.

Organic chemicals are widely used as ingredients in household products such as paints, varnishes, and wax as do many cleaning, disinfecting cosmetics, degreasing, and hobby products.

Also, levels of about a dozen common organic pollutants are 2 to 5 times higher inside homes than outside, regardless if the home or building is located in rural or highly industrial areas.

 

VOCs Indoor Sources

Building materials:

  • Paint, paint strippers.
  • Varnishes and finishes.
  • Caulks and sealants.
  • Adhesives.
  • Flooring, carpet, pressed wood products.

 

Home & personal care products:

  • Cleaners and disinfectants
  • Furniture.
  • Pesticides.
  • Air fresheners.
  • Cosmetics and deodorants.
  • Fuel oil, gasoline.

Activities:

  • Tobacco smoke
  • Dry-cleaned clothing
  • Arts and crafts products: glues, permanent markers, etc.
  • Wood burning stoves
  • Office printers and copiers
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VOCs Protection

  • Avoid or limit the use of products with high VOCs
  • Always follow manufacturers’ directions when using products with VOCs.
  • Keep all buildings smoke-free. Tobacco smoke contains VOCs among other carcinogens.
  • Add ventilation when using products with VOCs indoors.
  • Increasing the amount of fresh air will help reduce the concentration of VOCs indoors.
  • Let new carpet or new building products air outside to release VOCs before installing them.
  • Don’t store products with VOCs indoors, including in garages connected to the building.
  • Keep office or school ventilation systems working effectively to reduce VOCs produced by printers or copiers.
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VOCs And Health Impact

Breathing VOCs can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat. They can cause difficulty breathing, nausea and can damage the central nervous system as well as other organs.

Some VOCs can cause cancer but not all have all these health effects. The ability of organic chemicals to cause health effects varies greatly from those that are highly sensitive to those with no known health effects.

 

Key signs or symptoms of VOCs exposure:

  • conjunctival irritation
  • nose and throat discomfort
  • headache
  • allergic skin reaction
  • dyspnea
  • declines in serum cholinesterase levels
  • nausea
  • emesis
  • epistaxis
  • fatigue
  • dizziness

VOC Sampling in Homes and Buildings

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gasses from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. Some are harmful by themselves, including some that cause cancer. In addition, they can react with other gasses and form other air pollutants after they are in the air.

Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors than outdoors and are emitted by a wide array of products numbering in the thousands.

Organic chemicals are widely used as ingredients in household products such as paints, varnishes, and wax as do many cleaning, disinfecting cosmetics, degreasing, and hobby products. Also, levels of about a dozen common organic pollutants are 2 to 5 times higher inside homes than outside, regardless if the home or building is located in rural or highly industrial areas.

 

VOCs Indoor Sources

Building materials:

  • Paint, paint strippers.
  • Varnishes and finishes.
  • Caulks and sealants.
  • Adhesives.
  • Flooring, carpet, pressed wood products.

Home & personal care products:

  • Cleaners and disinfectants
  • Furniture.
  • Pesticides.
  • Air fresheners.
  • Cosmetics and deodorants.
  • Fuel oil, gasoline.

Activities:

  • Tobacco smoke
  • Dry-cleaned clothing
  • Arts and crafts products: glues, permanent markers, etc.
  • Wood burning stoves
  • Office printers and copiers
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VOC Sampling Protection

  • Avoid or limit the use of products with high VOCs
  • Always follow manufacturers’ directions when using products with VOCs.
  • Keep all buildings smoke-free. Tobacco smoke contains VOCs among other carcinogens.
  • Add ventilation when using products with VOCs indoors.
  • Increasing the amount of fresh air will help reduce the concentration of VOCs indoors.
  • Let new carpet or new building products air outside to release VOCs before installing them.
  • Don’t store products with VOCs indoors, including in garages connected to the building.
  • Keep office or school ventilation systems working effectively to reduce VOCs produced by printers or copiers.
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VOC Samplings And Health Impact

Breathing VOCs can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat. They can cause difficulty breathing, nausea and can damage the central nervous system as well as other organs.  Some VOCs can cause cancer but not all have all these health effects. The ability of organic chemicals to cause health effects varies greatly from those that are highly sensitive to those with no known health effects.

 

Key signs or symptoms of VOC Sampling exposure:

  • conjunctival irritation
  • nose and throat discomfort
  • headache
  • allergic skin reaction
  • dyspnea
  • declines in serum cholinesterase levels
  • nausea
  • emesis
  • epistaxis
  • fatigue
  • dizziness

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