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What is VOC?

asked Feb 23, 2014 in Process by Normandy (21,040 points) | recategorized Feb 24, 2014 by odadmin
Can someone explain what is VOC?

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answered Feb 23, 2014 by esjensen (2,720 points) | selected Feb 24, 2014 by odadmin
 
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VOC is Volatile Organic Compounds in commonly used products. Below is the list of common ingredients and its health effects of VOC.

  • Acetone: Solvent. Can cause eye, nose and throat irritation, headache, dizziness, dermatitis.
  • Ammonia: Preservative. Can cause eye, skin and respiratory irritant, and trigger asthma.
  • Benzene: Solvent. Can cause skin, eye and upper respiratory tract irritation. Neurological symptoms from inhalation include drowsiness, dizziness, headaches, immune system damage, blood disorders; carcinogenic.
  • Ethylene Glycol: Solvent. Can cause central nervous system depression; ingestion causes kidney damage.
  • Formaldehyde: Preservative. Irritates the eyes, nose and throat; allergic skin reactions; breathing difficulties; carcinogenic.
  • Methyl alcohol: Solvent. Eye, skin, mucous membrane irritation. Overexposure can provoke headache, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting and blurred vision.
  • Phenol: Biocide. Can cause mouth, eye, nose and throat irritation; dermatitis, headache, dizziness, muscle ache and pain, tremors and twitches.
  • Kerosene: Solvent. Can cause eye, skin and respiratory system irritation; dermatitis; anesthetic; toxic to aquatic life.
  • Ethylene Acrylate: Film former, polymer. Can cause irritation to the eyes, respiratory system and  skin; potential carcinogen
  • Propylene Glycol: Solvent. Inhalation and skin contact can cause dermatitis with erythema, oedema, and weeping.
  • Quaternary Ammonium compounds: Biocide. Can cause skin, eye and nose irritation.
  • Trichloroethylene: Solvent. Central nervous system effects including sleepiness, fatigue, headache, confusion, and feelings of euphoria. Damage to the liver, kidneys, immune and endocrine systems.
  • Vinyl Acetate – Acrylic Copolymer: Film former. Can cause eye, nose and throat irritation, lung damage; convulsions have been observed in rodents inhaling high levels.
  • Toluene: Solvent. Can cause CNS depression, visual impairment, pregnancy loss, and problems with female reproduction.
  • Xylene: Solvent. Can cause upper respiratory and eye irritation and CNS depression.
  • Ethylbenzene: Solvent. Can cause upper respiratory irritation, kidney damage (nephropathy), and cochlear impairment.
  • Methylene Chloride: Pesticide. Used as a solvent. Can cause cardiovascular, liver, and neurological damage. Reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen. Can cause death.

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