Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are defined as organic chemical compounds whose composition allows them to evaporate under normal atmospheric temperature and pressure conditions. VOCs can be classified as any compound of carbon such as carbon monoxide, and carbon dioxide. The emissions of VOCs are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to prevent the formation of ozone. Several VOCs form ground-level ozone by reacting with sources of oxygen molecules such as nitrogen oxides (NOx), and carbon monoxide (CO) in the atmosphere in the presence of sunlight.

VOCs Health Effects

  • Headaches.
  • Loss of coordination.
  • Nausea.
  • Damage to liver, kidney, and central nervous system.
  • Eye, nose, and throat irritation.