Home » The Inside Story on Health Risks and VOCs

Paint Brushes

The Inside Story on Health Risks and VOCs

Due to its very nature and purpose, our industry is concerned with indoor air quality, as well as temperature. Hence, it’s important that we understand the health risks of VOCs (volatile organic compounds), a large group—literally thousands—of carbon-based chemicals. Some VOCs have odors and some don’t—and some are much more toxic than others. Below is a list of the types of VOCs that are commonly present in our daily environment:

  •  Air cleaners that produce ozone
  •  Air fresheners
  •  Carpets & adhesives
  •  Cleaning & disinfecting chemicals
  •  Composite wood products
  •  Cooking odors
  •  Cosmetics
  •  Dry cleaning
  • Fuel oil & gasoline
  • Hobbies
  • Moth balls
  •  Newspapers
  •  Non-electric space heaters
  • Paints
  •  Photocopiers
  •  Sealing caulks
  • Smoking
  •  Solvents
  • Upholstery fabrics
  •  Varnishes
  •  Vehicle exhaust in a closed garage
  • Vinyl floors
  • Wood burning stoves

Although not all of these are toxic, there can be health-related risks for your customers who have allergies or breathing problems. For more information on VOCs and how to control them, visit the NIH’s Toxnet.