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Common VOCs & Their Sources


CHEMICALSOURCEAcetonePaint, coatings, finishes, paint remover and thinner, caulkingAliphaticPaint, adhesive, gasoline, combustion sources, liquid pr...

AcetonePaint, coatings, finishes, paint remover and thinner, caulking
AliphaticPaint, adhesive, gasoline, combustion sources, liquid process photocopiers,
hydrocarbonscarpet, linoleum, caulking compound
(octane, decane,
undecane hexane,
mixtures, etc.)
AromaticCombustion sources, paint, adhesive, gasoline, linoleum, wall coatings
(toluene, xylenes,
ethylbenzene, benzene)
Chlorinated solventsUpholstery and carpet cleaner or protector, paint, paint remover,
(dichloromethane orlacquers, solvents, correction fluid, dry-cleaned clothes
methylene chloride,
n-Butyl acetateAcoustic ceiling tile, linoleum, caulking compound
DichlorobenzeneCarpet, moth crystals, air fresheners
4-Phenylcyclohexene (4-pc)Carpet, paint
Terpenes (Limonene, a-pinene)Deodorizers, cleaning agents, polishes, fabrics, fabric softener, cigarettes

Source: “Office Air: A Worker’s Guide to Air Quality in Offices, Schools, and Hospitals,” a Report of the Federal-Provincial Advisory Committee on Environmental and Occupational Health, 93-EHD-174, revised 1995.


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