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VOCs causing IAQ Problems across the Mid-Atlantic


Source: Cochrane & Associates, LLC

Sussex Environmental Health Consultants provide volatile organic compound (VOC) consulting services and indoor air quality (IAQ) investigations.

VOCs include an assortment of chemicals used in our modern lives.  VOCs are emitted as gases from many common solids or liquids used by industry to make the products all around us. Exposure to some of these VOCs may cause short or long term adverse health effects.

Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors than outdoors.  These VOCs are emitted by a wide collection of products, furnishings and building materials found in industrial, institutional, commercial and residential environments.

Organic chemicals’ health effects vary greatly from those that are highly toxic, to those with no known health effect. Some of these chemicals can be toxic, allergenic and carcinogenic.  The extent and nature of any health effects from exposure often depends on factors that include the level of exposure and length of time exposed.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), studies have found that levels of several organic chemicals average 2 to 5 times higher indoors than outdoors.  Sussex Environmental Health Consultants, LLC (SEHC) has decades of experience helping to identify and resolve issues with volatile organic compounds and other IAQ contaminants across the Mid-Atlantic region.

“Exposure to some VOCs can potentially cause everything from respiratory distress to cancer,” stated Susan White, Ph.D., CMC, President of SEHC.  “Because so many items that we use today emit VOCs it can sometimes be a real mystery to identify the source and cause of high levels of VOCs in indoor environments.  At SEHC we utilize advanced instrumentation and building science engineering principles to quickly and efficiently identify and resolve problems due to VOCs and other airborne pollutants,” she continued.

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To learn more about Sussex Environmental Health Consultants or VOC, indoor air quality or health and safety services please visit, email or call (302) 947-1810.


About Sussex Environmental Health Consultants, LLC

SEHC is a certified woman owned business that provides environmental and health and safety consulting services.  The company is located in the Mid-Atlantic and services clients nationwide.  SEHC provides solutions to clients ranging from homeowners to international Fortune 500 corporations.

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