So What are the Effects of VOCs on Human Health
VOCs from Paints are up there on the list of most harmful toxins to humans, animals, plants and aquatic life. But what are the hazards of volatile organic compounds in paint.
Common Signs or Symptoms of exposure to VOCs:
- Conjunctival Irritation
- Nose and Throat issues
- Skin Allergy
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Epistaxis (Nose Bleeds)
- Fatigue and Dizziness
Harmful Effects of Paint on Human Health
We are going to take a look at 2 well-known brands sold in the UK; Crown, and Dulux. We will pick a product, show ingredients and the health concerns or symptoms.
Dulux is owned by AkzoNobel a Dutch chemical giant valued at €19bn with a global sales turnover of around €10bn annually.
Product: Dulux Paint
Ingredient: 1,2-benzisothiazol-3 (2H)-one – (BIT)
Eyes – May cause severe irritation, a corneal injury which may result in permanent impaired vision or blindness.
Skin – Severe irritation, with pain and local redness. BIT has caused allergic skin reactions in humans. A possible skin sensitizer.
Inhalation – May cause severe irritation to the respiratory tract (nose and throat) and lungs.
Ingestion – BIT is harmful if swallowed, could result in burns. Aspiration into the lungs may occur causing vomiting, tissue damage or lung injury.
Repeated Exposure (Off-Gassing) – Not anticipated to cause significant adverse effects.
BIT is unlikely to be carcinogenic or cause birth defects.
Irritating to the respiratory tract, and has been linked to lung issues. Can cause allergic reactions and is a possible neurotoxin. Can also cause sensitization with skin (inflammation).
Extremely toxic to aquatic life and may cause long term adverse effects on the aquatic environment.
There are a number of different chemical names and brands, this just adds to the confusion.