Removing Volatile Organic Compounds

Do you like the fresh smell of a recently cleaned property or a newly constructed and freshly painted lab? Well, the smell you’re so fond of is actually a by-product of volatile organic compounds which are not so harmless and can be extremely dangerous if not treated properly.

What are Volatile Organic Compounds?

Volatile organic compounds are chemicals characterized by a high vapour pressure which easily form vapours under the optimal temperature and pressure conditions. While some are emitted naturally, many are man-made and emitted by chemical, petrochemical and allied industries.

Removal of Volatile Organic Compounds

In a lab environment, the concentration of volatile organic compounds is up to twenty times higher than outdoors as there are many chemicals present, both solids and liquids that emit these compounds which have been proven harmful to human health.

The lab staff are using products containing organic chemicals on a daily basis, thus they are constantly exposed to very high pollutant levels. To avoid short and long-term health effects such as a headache, nausea, dizziness, respiratory system irritations or skin conditions and allergic reactions, the concentration of volatile organic compounds should be reduced to a minimum or eliminated completely. There is more than one way how this can be done in a safe and precautious manner.

Safety Precautions

Efficient removal of volatile organic compounds and airborne particles from industrial processes is an extremely dangerous procedure so check out this brief account of safety precautions to stop fire and explosion hazards.

Since volatile organic compounds are fire prone airborne chemicals which can leak and react with other airborne chemicals long after the activity is completed, it would be wise, among others things, to keep limited quantities stored in an unventilated space, to follow the label instructions and prescribed rules carefully, to get rid of partially full containers and unneeded chemicals safely and to treat the mixtures in a controlled environment.