Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Helen Melendez   
Sunday, 05 May 2013 19:03

How do VOC's affect our health?


Many household products that are already present in our homes affect our health; Including: paints, paint strippers, and other solvents; wood preservatives; aerosol sprays; cleansers and disinfectants; moth repellents and air fresheners; stored fuels and automotive products; hobby supplies; dry-cleaned clothing.

These household products affect our eyes, nose, and cause throat irritation; headaches, loss of coordination, nausea; damage to liver, kidney, and central nervous system. Some organics can cause cancer in animals; some are suspected or known to cause cancer in humans. Key signs or symptoms associated with exposure to VOCs include conjunctival irritation, nose and throat discomfort, headache, allergic skin reaction, dyspnea, declines in serum cholinesterase levels, nausea, emesis, epistaxis, fatigue, dizziness.

These same chemicals are also found in many workplaces, and therefore the effects are caused in any indoor environment where these chemicals are used.



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