EPA TO-17 Air Analysis
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are chemicals used to manufacture and prepare many building materials, interior furnishings, textiles, office equipment, cleaners, personal care supplies, and pesticides. “Volatile” is a term meaning that these chemicals evaporate, or get into the air easily at room temperature.
That is why they are an indoor air concern. Studies by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other researchers have found that VOCs are common in the indoor environment and that their levels may be ten to thousands of times higher indoors than found in the outdoor air.
There may be anywhere from 50 up to hundreds of individual VOCs in an indoor air sample. The majority of these VOCs are found to emit from indoor materials and processes. Some may produce odors at very low levels that are considered objectionable. At high concentrations, some VOCs are toxic.
Air testing is offered through our sister company, Forensic Analytical Laboratories. For more information about the service as well as sampling and sample submission, please go to: http://www.falaboratories.com/lab-services/organics/index.asp.