High level exposure to
VOC has been linked to respiratory conditions, asthma, and other illnesses.
This is particularly a problem for children or people with compromised immune
systems. Other health effect includes;
Nose and throat discomfort
Allergic skin reaction
Declines in serum cholinesterase levels
VOCs entails a list of
different chemicals, when exposed to VOC the health effects may have short and
long term effects, depending on the chemical, concentration and duration of
VOCs are used in the
formulation of most materials and products such as construction material,
furnishing, fuels, consumer products and pesticides. Indoor VOC concentrations
are usually much higher than outside concentration.
For a newly constructed
building, the likelihood of VOC exposure is relatively high, because high VOC
concentrations found in new products such as flooring, stains, paints, sealants
are just beginning the off gassing process.