VOCs are chemicals readily released as vapor from both naturally occurring and manufactured substances — which is why they are described as ‘volatile’.
VOCs can cause both immediate and long-term health problems, ranging from skin irritation and asthma to kidney and liver damage.
Workplace occurrences of VOCs
Are any of the following chemical categories in your workplace?
They can all release VOCs into your environment.
The CDC, in 2009, issued its fourth national report on human exposure to environmental chemicals. This year, they published updated tables on additional chemicals to add to that report.
The report’s 500 pages are worth dipping into, but we don’t recommend it for your bedtime reading if you want a good night’s sleep. It can be a little anxiety-producing.
For each chemical included, there is information on how people might be exposed to that chemical and what the potential health hazards might be.
There’s a whole section on VOCs.
How our customers handle VOCs
VOCs can be found in many types of workplaces, including industrial, scientific, medical and pharmaceutical.
To control VOCs, our customers in these sectors use activated carbon filters in the air purifiers chassis that meets their needs.
Our short video shows how and why activated carbon is an effective VOC filter.
For respiratory protection while cleaning metal parts with a solvent, for example, our customers often use portable downdraft tables like the one shown below.
In laboratory environments, our customers use ductless fume hoods like the one shown below to keep VOC fumes away from technicians’ breathing zones.
VOCs at your place of work?
If VOCs are a problem where you work and you’d like to consider your options for controlling them, give our Applications Specialists a call at 800.799.4609. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the comment form below or on our website pages.
Volatile organic compound
Northern Arizona University – Volatile Organic Compounds
Fourth National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals http://www.cdc.gov/exposurereport/pdf/FourthReport.pdf
Updated tables, Fourth National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals