According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the level of organic vapors – such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and organic chemicals – can be up to 10 times higher indoors than outdoors. VOCs and organic vapors are gases and chemicals emitted into your environment from certain solids or liquids. Oftentimes, these solids and liquids can include any number of household products such as paints, lacquers, cleaning supplies, pesticides, building materials, office equipment, craft materials, aerosols, and adhesives – to name a few.
Prolonged or even brief exposure to these organic vapors may cause mild to severe health effects, including:
- Eye, nose, and throat irritation
- Loss of coordination
- Dizziness and fatigue
- Damage to the liver, kidney, and central nervous system
- Increased cancer risk (with extreme prolonged exposure)
Because many of these vapors are odorless and colorless, the only way to detect them is through professional indoor air quality testing. Now, you can get professional-quality results at an economical price with this do-it-yourself organic vapor testing kit.
Organic Vapor Screening Procedure
The Organic Vapor Test Kit, manufactured by Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory (EDLab), includes all the materials you need to complete an organic vapor screening on your indoor air. The kit can identify more than 40 organic chemicals and over 50 VOCs including benzene, toluene, acetone, mineral spirits, hexane, and styrene.
The testing kit includes a Bio-Badge that collects an air sample from your home or facility. You can use this badge for room testing by placing it in a stationary position away from unnatural airflow or for personal exposure testing by clipping the badge near your breathing zone. Simple, step-by-step instructions and a detailed explanation teach you how to properly handle the collection badge and retrieve the sample. Vapors are detected in parts-per-million (ppm) in concentrations as small as 0.03 ppm.
Once sampling is complete, place the Bio-Badge in the protective plastic case and mail it to EDLab. A pre-addressed envelope is included in the package, and lab fees are included in the price. Within 7 to 10 business days, you'll receive a written report, detailing your environment's full organic vapor analysis.
This test kit is recommended for use by:
- Real Estate Professionals
- Insurance Claim Adjusters
- Industrial Hygienists
- HVAC Engineers
- Building and Facility Managers
- Facility Operators
- Government Officials
- County, City, and State Officials
- Building Maintenance Supervisors
- Test and Balance Professionals
- School and Plant Operators
- Hospital Engineers
About Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory
Established in 1992, EDLab offers comprehensive indoor air quality laboratory services. Throughout the years, the company has analyzed more than 100,000 air quality samples for a wide range of clients. EDLab is accredited by the American Industrial Hygiene Association's (AIHA) Environmental Microbiology Laboratory Accreditation Program (EMLAP #102795) for bacteriology, mycology, and microscopy.