Understanding VOC Emissions

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When researching healthcare flooring options, there are several elements that one needs to take into consideration. VOC emissions are one of those elements. This is a common term that you’ve probably come across several times, but possibly never fully understood. Here at Rikett, we strive to provide our customers with the highest quality flooring options as well as the highest level of education. This article will take an in-depth look at VOC emissions to help you better understand the products you may be considering.


What are VOCs

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are organic gases that are emitted from certain solids or liquids that are in a volatile state when at room temperatures. These gases are compromised of a variety of chemicals, some of which may cause health risks. Thus, when you’re considering flooring for an indoor space, you’ll want to choose an option that provides low emissions.


Most common products

Every day we’re surrounded by products that contain organic chemicals. This is because these organic compounds are used as main ingredients in several commercialized products. For example, household cleaners, polishes, air fresheners, and disinfecting products all contain organic solvents. Because of the frequent use, several studies have shown organic pollutants to be up to five times higher inside the home than outside.

However, organic compounds are not only found within the everyday products we purchase but the structure of our interiors as well. For instance, the installation of healthcare flooring will typically use harsh adhesives or glues. These adhesives can release harmful molecules into a sensitive environment causing more harm than good.


Potential health risks

There have been several conditions linked to the exposure of high-level VOCs for prolonged periods of time. According to the EPA, few of these may include:

  • Eye, nose, and throat irritation
  • Headaches
  • Loss of coordination
  • Liver, kidney, or nervous system damage
  • Cancer

Warning signs that you may be at risk include:

  • Chronic headaches
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Skin rash or allergic reactions


Regulation of VOC emissions

When it concerns the regulation of VOCs, there are several categories to consider. Indoor or outdoor, the state of manufacture, and the purpose of the product. Thus, it’s always the safest choice to choose a product that is clearly labeled and certified as low emissions.


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At Rikett, our healthcare flooring solutions put the safety of your patients at the forefront. That is why all of our flooring solutions are MAS Certified Green and utilize low-emitting materials. In fact, our products use 80% less adhesive than traditional flooring solutions. For more information on how our flooring products can provide your environment the safest air-quality, contact our team of experts today at (855) 745-3887.