What is a Volatile Organic Compound? (VOC)

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are compounds that are used and produced in many manufacturing applications including pharmaceuticals, refrigerants, paints as well as household products.

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are compounds that are used and produced in many manufacturing applications including pharmaceuticals, refrigerants, paints as well as household products.  VOCs normally have a high vapor pressure and very low water solubility making them very hard to dispose of.  Volatile organic compounds are gases at room temperature that are emitted into the air from using these VOC containing products or also can be formed in the mentioned manufacturing processes.

Volatile organic compounds can be harmful to humans and also cause cancer.  Breathing these compounds can cause irritation to the eyes nose and throat; as well can nausea and breathing difficulty.  They can also have long term effects as they may do damage to the nervous system and other organs.  Not all VOCs are extremely harmful but there should be caution used whenever possible when working with these compounds.

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