Hazardous substances: What are volatile organic compounds?

Updated: Oct 10, 2019


Industry is one of the major sources of VOC's output.

Volatile Organic Compounds (#VOCs) are #Carbon based #chemicals that evaporate at room #temperature and place free moving #molecules into the air we #breath. Many of them have a significant effect on the body resulting in physical symptoms such as #nausea, #headaches, #dizziness and difficulties #concentrating. On the severe end of the spectrum some may even be #carcinogenic, slowly attacking our bodies and having a cumulative effect on our #health over time. In #enclosed spaces with poor ventilation such as #offices and #schools, these concentrated chemicals can have a significant impact on performance and productivity silently eroding the capabilities of those who breath them in.


VOCs can be given off by a variety of #sources, some of the most obvious ones include motor vehicles, industrial processes, domestic #solvents and #aerosols including #perfumes, cleaning products and insect #sprays. Some other sources are less apparent and include gases emitted by #printers, hot #plastics, architectural furnishings #coatings and #sealants. When mixed together with other gases like #Ozone and #sunlight these volatile chemicals can become even more #damaging and can be particularly problematic for those with existing airway conditions like #Asthma.


Sources of VOC'S and their percentage.

As part of promoting #safe #workplaces it is absolutely critical that affect of VOCs are taken in consideration when planning and #designing workplaces, developing work #practices and #procedures, and maintaining an #ongoing healthy work environment. While the danger might be hidden, the risk of not addressing these potential #pollutants could result in productivity issues including increased #absenteeism, poor #performance, increased #stress and potential work cover #claims.


The Australian Government State of #Environment takes the risks of exposure to VOC's seriously and more information on current levels and sources can be found on their website by following the link.


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