Have you ever strolled into a facility and noticed it reeks of bleach, Pinsol, or fresh paint, and instantly you get a headache, irritated eyes, nausea, or dizziness? These signs come from exposure to VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, emitted by various materials and chemicals continually used in facilities, most commonly via cleaning supplies. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), concentrations indoors are often ten times higher than outdoors, leaving many people with short-term and long-term health effects.
The EPA infers that VOCs can provoke cancer, and yet another little-known, long-term side effect is TILT or toxicant-induced loss of tolerance. According to Discovery Magazine, TILT develops from an illness caused by a manufactured toxic exposure; only rather than recovering, the neurological and immune systems stay damaged, and a person has advanced sensitivity to all artificial toxins as time goes on. Imagine not being able to use the fragrance you once loved because you, your child, or your spouse suddenly have a terrible allergic reaction to it.
You are likely exposed to VOCs and manufactured toxins every day. Therefore, it is imperative to consider where you spend the most time and what you are exposed to regularly. Schools, office buildings, businesses, houses, and automobiles are all indoor spaces where most of us spend our days, but what do we really expose ourselves, our workers, and our loved ones to?
Fortunately, public understanding of exposure to these chemicals and the adverse effects they cause on our health is increasing. As a result, many companies are taking extra steps to ensure their products do not include toxic ingredients like VOCs, poisons, or known carcinogens. In addition, other organizations rise to the demand to ensure that companies claiming green, health, or eco-responsible guarantees are confirmed, such as Green Seal Certification.
Buying Green Seal Certified derivatives for benefit in your residence or employing a vendor, such as a janitorial service in Commerce, CA, that utilizes only Green Seal Certified derivatives is one method to lower your unnecessary vulnerability to chemicals. Another benefit of the Green Seal Certification is also the effectiveness testing that guarantees you are not exposed to harmful chemicals and that the products are also confirmed in their benefit, a critical reflection since you still desire your residence or business to be clean while also being safe.
Next time you are in the market, or looking for a contractor or janitorial service in Commerce, CA, to do work for you, take time to find out if they use VOCs or non-toxic, biodegradable, and non-carcinogen materials and chemicals to ensure the continued optimal health of yourself, loved ones, workers, and clients.
We hope this helps you better understand volatile organic compounds and their possible dangerous efffects to the health of yourself and others around you. Contact us today for more information on the services we provide and set up you free consultation.