Volatile Organic Compounds
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can be found in various substances such as paints, adhesives, cleaning agents, fuels, and solvents. These compounds have a low boiling point, which allows them to evaporate easily at room temperature, forming gases that can be released into the air. The evaporation process can be accelerated by factors such as heat and air movement, which can increase the concentration of VOCs in the air we breathe.
Exposure to VOCs has been linked to a range of health problems, including respiratory issues, headaches, nausea, and cancer. Additionally, VOCs can contribute to the formation of smog and other air pollutants, which can harm the environment and worsen air quality. Because of these concerns, many countries have established regulations on the production and use of VOCs, as well as guidelines for safe exposure levels in indoor and outdoor settings.