Have you ever walked into a house during the holidays and smelled that pine tree smell? That smell is from naturally occurring VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). In fact, the “Smoky” Mountains, known for their famous blue smoke, is a combination of water mist and VOCs!
While most VOCs are naturally produced, harmful VOCs are more & more often not produced from nature. So where are the dangerous VOCs that we, as humans, produce?
VOCs sources other than those from nature
VOCs are most often a by-product of many manufacturing, drying, cleaning, and coating processes. Printing, converting (such as paper and other materials), painting, and many cleaning processes give off VOCs. These VOCs must be controlled because VOCs are known to create health hazards in indoor space.