Volatile organic compounds (VOC) are natural or anthropogenic (manmade). Because of their volatile nature, they easily spread into the atmosphere and their toxicity requires particular monitoring with a VOC detection system (portable gas monitor or fixed gas detector).
volatile organic compounds detection – voc detector
According to their nature, VOCs properties can vary. Their effects on health are different as well, from simple olfactory disturbance, irritations and breathing capacities reduction up to mutagenic disorders. VOC detection in toxicity using a VOC meter – rather than in explosive limits – is oftentimes recommended to measure present concentrations…
Detecting volatile organic compounds can seem illogic. Indeed, even if VOCs can produce explosive mixtures with tens of thousands particles per million (ppm), their major hazard lie in their low concentration toxicity – around few tens of ppm…
Which fields of activity need voc detection?
Because of the extremely large number of substances gathered in this group and their volatile nature, VOC levels can be monitored in many industrial sectors such as (non-exhaustive list):
. Cosmetics industry: deodorants, disinfectants, nail polish or nail hardener.
. Medical, paramedical & veterinary sectors: alcohol, bactericidal and insecticides.
. Food industry: disinfectants.
. Paper industry: oranges packaging, paper for computers.
. Industries and usage of printer paint and ink (preservative).
. Plastic industry: manufacture and use of glues and adhesives.
. Textile industry: smoothing agents, whitewashing of colored textiles.
. Leather and fur industry: conservation and leather tanning, preservative.
. Building disinfection: household products, detergents.
. Horticulture and agriculture: bactericidals, fungicides and herbicides.
. Photography: stabilizers and fixers
. Diesel motor gas emissions.
. Fumes from wood, coal and polyethylene combustion.
. Fuel and oil refinery.
In all of these different fields, it is advised - and sometimes even mandatory - to use VOC detection devices or complete systems to ensure safety.