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VOCs Explained

Research shows that customers emerging from the pandemic are only going to places they perceive as clean and safe, forcing business owners to implement stricter cleaning protocols. But this accelerated cleaning pace equals higher chemical exposure with higher health stakes. Cleaning your facility with industrial cleaners (that contain toxic chemicals) can increase Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in the air and leave yourself, your staff, guests, and your community vulnerable to other health risks. Here's what we know about the risk of inhaling VOCs:

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC's) are chemicals that easily become vapors or gases emitted from many different sources, such as burning fuel, cigarettes, building materials, cleaners, and disinfectants. VOCs prevalent in indoor environments are up to 10 times more harmful indoors, especially for children. Breathing-in low levels of VOCs for extended periods may increase some people's risk of health problems. Several studies suggest that VOC exposure may make symptoms worse for people with asthma or who are particularly sensitive to chemicals. 


Short-term exposure to VOCs can cause a myriad of health issues, including eye, nose and throat irritation, cough, headache, dizziness, nausea/vomiting, skin irritation, and general flu-like illnesses. Ongoing exposure to VOCs can cause cancer, liver and kidney damage, and damage to the central nervous system. Studies have shown that professional cleaners exposed daily to toxic cleaning agents are more likely to develop asthma and other severe respiratory conditions. 


Reducing the level of VOCs is essential, especially in an indoor environment where people of all ages congregate. Children breathe-in more air in proportion to their body mass than adults, thus having greater exposure to indoor environmental pollutants.


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Brittany Gooding
Brittany Gooding
Content writer by day, toddler mom by night. When Brittany isn’t checking grammar or chasing her toddler, you can find her sipping coffee, watching The Office, or organizing her pen collection. You can find Brittany on LinkedIn.

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