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French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety

Indoor air pollution: volatile organic compounds (VOCs)

Interior air pollution is generated by various sources intrinsic to buildings themselves, their environment, equipment and their occupants' behaviour, and many different substances may be involved. Building materials and products used in interior decoration are known to be major sources of emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These pollutants make up a set of substances belonging to different chemical classes which have in common that they evaporate quite quickly at room temperature: benzene, styrene, toluene, trichloroethylene, etc. See the Agency’s work on this issue.

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