What’s a VOC? Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) is defined as any compound containing carbon that can be readily vaporized, except methane. VOCs, measured in the totality of its mixed gases or tVOC, are released into indoor environments from cleaning and disinfecting products, paints, wood preservatives, carpeting, building materials, aerosols, insect repellents, microbial growth, and a host of other sources.
Why monitor tVOCs? At elevated levels, VOCs can cause eye, nose, and throat irritation; headaches, loss of coordination, nausea; damage to liver, kidney, and central nervous system. Some organics (such as Benzene) are suspected or known to cause cancer. Key signs or symptoms associated with exposure to elevated levels of VOCs include eye infections and irritation, nose and throat discomfort, headache, allergic skin reaction, shortness of breath, signs of poisoning, nausea, vomiting, nose bleeding, fatigue, and dizziness