Volatile organic compound

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Volatile organic compound

(VOC)
Any organic compound that evaporates at room temperature and is hazardous to human health, causing poor indoor air quality. Many VOCs found in homes, such as paint strippers and wood preservatives, contribute to sick building syndrome because of their high vapor pressure. VOCs are often used in paint, carpet backing, plastics, and cosmetics. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found concentrations of VOCs in indoor air to be, on average, two to five times greater than that in outdoor air. During certain activities, indoor levels of VOCs may reach 1,000 times that of the outside air.
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More businesses are now aware that it is common pollutants such as inferior carpet underlays and other floor finishes that can contain a cocktail of carcinogens but we also advise avoiding materials that omit high levels of volatile organic chemicals and have a high chlorine content.
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While confirming that mold can produce both toxins and volatile organic chemicals, NIOSH noted that "human exposure to mold is ubiquitous.
Luminate could become part of a next generation of food-grade inks, free of hazardous and volatile organic chemicals, thus greatly reducing concern over the migration of undesired chemicals through the packaging material into the food itself.
Sweeping new environmental regulations under Title V of the 1990 Clean Air Act amendments require EPA to certify programs in every state to limit emissions of volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) and hazardous air pollutants.
These are the "unregulated" volatile organic chemicals (VOCs).