Common sources of VOCs gases such as formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene include the following:
- Paints, varnish, lacquer and wax coatings
- Cleaning and disinfectant products
- Makeup and cosmetic products such as hair sprays
- Building materials such as plaster board, plaster and cement
- Building furnishings and furniture such as wood tables, curtains, and other upholster
- Glues used in building and construction. Especially for wood and furniture making.
These sources can typically be separated into man-made sources of VOCs (e.g. paints, cleaning products and cosmetic products) and natural sources such as wood, flowers etc.
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