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Volatile Organic Compounds: All You Need to Know

Volatile Organic Compounds: All You Need to Know

VOCs refer to a group of products that exhibit similar chemical properties, such as high vapor pressure and low solubility. These products are commonly used in paints, pharmaceuticals, refrigerants, and enamels. In general, these VOCs aren’t dangerous, but sometimes, after being combined or reacting with other products, they can exhibit adverse effects on your health.

This is why manufacturing companies producing products that involve these compounds need to go through extensive testing and quality assurance before their products are considered safe for the market.

Where Do VOCs Come From?

Volatile organic compounds come from several sources, and the common VOCs are Benzene, Ethylene glycol, Toluene, and Formaldehyde. These compounds come from man-made sources most of the time, but they are also found in nature.

Many manufacturers use VOCs are inorganic solvents in their products to enhance their performance. Some of these products are paints, pesticides, air fresheners, and disinfectants. Nowadays, these VOCs are also present in glue, furniture, electronic devices, and construction materials.

Sometimes these VOCs have a distinct odour like the smell of fresh paint or new carpet or the smell of a new car, but other times, these VOCs are odourless and often go undetected. This is why analytical tests were developed.

What Are The Harmful Effects?

VOCs in smaller amounts are practically harmless, but some of them can be harmful if found in larger amounts. The most harmful of them all are Formaldehyde and benzene. These are found in paints, glues, cleaning products, even in new furniture. People need to look out for these VOCs as there are carcinogenic, meaning they can cause cancer.

Other VOCs are not as harmful, but their levels and exposure should be monitored. These compounds at higher concentrations can cause nausea, headaches, vomiting, irritation, and bad skin reactions. Long-term exposure can seriously affect one’s health.

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What Are The Protective Measures?

Analytical testing can tell the amount of VOCs in a product. This can help people determine whether the product is safe for their use or not. Another thing that can be done is to omit the use of products that contain VOCs. For example, VOC-free air fresheners protect the indoor air quality and keep everyone safe. If a place is newly painted, make sure that there’s plenty of airflow to remove the VOCs from the air.

Try one of our analyses if you’d like to detect the amount of VOCs in your products or want to stay within the regulatory limits. At IFS Laboratories, we perform multiple tests, including medicinal CBD testing, pesticide testing, VOC testing, and vitamin analysis, to ensure all of the products are in line with the government’s standards. If you’ve got a product that you’d like to get analysed, feel free to get in touch with us, and our representatives will get back to you quickly.