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Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals that are emitted as gases from solids or liquids and easily evaporated into the air at room temperature. Concentrations of these chemicals can be up to 100 times higher indoors than outdoors. Thousands of products, many that we use every day, or are exposed to everyday, emit VOCs into the air while they are being used, and, to some degree, even when they are stored. These products and other pollutants include:

  • Paints & varnishes
  • Moth balls
  • Solvents
  • Building materials
  • Pesticides
  • Petroleum products
  • Fuel oil
  • Cooking oils, etc.
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Carpeting
  • Wallpaper
  • Vinyl flooring
  • Dry-cleaning
  • Candles
  • Growing mould
  • Copiers & printers
  • Upholstery & fabrics
  • Glues & adhesives
  • Permanent markers
  • Craft materials
  • Cosmetics
  • Hair care products
  • Air fresheners
  • Disinfectants
  • Furniture (pressed wood)
  • Vehicle exhaust
  • Tobacco smoke

While all VOCs have the potential to be harmful, there are a few common VOCs that can be particularly dangerous, and are emitted from a number of products in our homes. These common VOCs are Formaldehyde, benzene, and phenol, and are classified as Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs) by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). For a complete list of all 188 HAPs, click here to visit the EPA website.The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) suggests that levels greater than 500 ug/m3 (microgrammes per cubic metre) of VOCs could pose a health hazard in homes. However, data from thousands of homes tested show the median value is 1,200 ug/m3, more than twice the recommended level. Even slightly elevated levels of these airborne chemicals could produce health concerns for people, particularly young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and those who suffer from allergies and asthma.

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The well-being of our employees, our customers, our communities, and our environment is at the heart of our business here at Prism Analytical Technologies (Home Air Check's Laboratory). Now, more than ever, we must come together as we adjust to the challenges resulting from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). We at Prism Analytical are committed to operating in a safe and responsible manner while maintaining the highest standards of quality in these troubled times.   

Prism Analytical continues to follow government guidelines regarding our operations, and we are closely monitoring the latest advice from the UK government and WHO. Because it has been mandated that all non-essential business activities be put on hold, we have decided to suspend all test kit shipments to customers until the current restrictions have been lifted. 

This is a constantly evolving situation and we will continue to closely monitor conditions and evaluate additional measures to support our customers, team members, and communities as needed. We will provide prompt updates regarding any adjustments to our procedures or operations.

We sincerely appreciate your patience during this time and are committed to maintaining transparent and open communication with you. Should you wish to proceed with placing an order, please know that the order will not ship until the current restrictions have been lifted by the UK government. Please do not hesitate to contact our staff in the meantime if you have any questions or concerns.

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