VOCs and indoor air quality regulations

Due to the multitude of factors that can impact our health in an indoor environment and the multiple combinations of physical, biological, chemical and personal factors that come into play, it is important to address the issue of indoor air quality with an integrated approach.

Furthermore, the general population’s exposure to air quality should be considered at two levels:
  • Direct, from exposure to volatile products in the workplace or from the use of consumer products at home;
  • Indirect, when associated with exposure conditions from professional uses, e.g., the exposure of persons to solvents in a house repainted by professionals.
Because of this complexity, regulators are addressing the topic of indoor air quality gradually, with an objective to reduce the amount of polluting emissions and control air quality.

Main regulations and standards in Europe

In the U.S. and Asia Pacific, indoor air quality regulations are developing.

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