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Glossary - Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

Organic chemical compounds which have significant vapour pressures and which can affect the environment and human health.  VOCs are numerous, varied, and ubiquitous.

Although VOCs include both man-made and naturally occurring chemical compounds, it is the anthropogenic VOCs that are regulated, especially for indoors where concentrations can be highest. VOCs are typically not acutely toxic, but have chronic effects. Because the concentrations are usually low and the symptoms slow to develop, analysis of VOCs and their effects is a demanding area.

   
 

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