Thermal Spray: Helping To Keep Our Air Cleaner
Thermal spraying has a definite advantage over other technologies used in the application of coatings. For our purposes today, the biggest advantage that we will explore is the fact that unlike many paints, no volatile organics are used in the process of application. What does that mean for you and your family? Simply put, it means cleaner air. VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are something that many individuals are simply unaware of. Unfortunately, they can have extremely detrimental effects on us and our environment.
What Are VOCs?
VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, come from liquids or solids and are emitted in the form of gases. They can have long-term or short-term health effects and include a wide variety of chemicals. Ordinarily, they are in higher concentrations indoors than they are out-of-doors. The concentration indoors can be elevated by as much as 10 times compared to outside concentrations. Literally thousands of products emit VOCs.
Where Do You Find VOCs?
Ingredients that you use in your house every day can contain VOCs. Any one of them, while you are using them, can release organic compounds. Not only are you exposed to VOCs while you are using these products, long after you complete the activities involving any of the below listed products, the surrounding air can still maintain elevated concentrations.
How Do VOCs Affect Your Health?
There are many ways that VOCs can affect the health of an individual including the following:
- Some organics can reportedly cause, or have been suspected in causing, cancer in humans and/or animals.
- Possible damage to the central nervous system, kidneys, and liver.
- Nausea, loss of coordination, and headaches.
- Throat, nose, and eye irritation.
Exposure to VOCs can result in symptoms and signs such as the following:
- Declining cholinesterase levels
- Allergic skin reaction
- Throat and nose discomfort
- Conjunctival irritation
Specific VOC Sources
Products found in the home:
- Clothing that has been dry cleaned
- Hobby supplies
- Automotive products and stored fuel
- Air fresheners and moth repellents
- Disinfectants and cleaners
- Aerosol sprays
- Wood preservatives
- Solvents such as paint strippers and paints
Various other products:
- Photographic solutions and permanent markers
- Craft and graphics materials like adhesives and glues
- Office equipment i.e., carbonless copy paper, correction fluids, printers, and copiers
- Furnishings and building materials
How Can We Reduce Our Exposure to VOCs?
As already stated, applying coatings through the method of thermal spraying means exposing people and the environment to fewer VOCs. But what can the public do, in general, to reduce their exposure? Reading the label on any and all products that contain VOCs is first and foremost. Following the instructions on those labels is the best course of action. Additionally, keep all products listed here out of the reach of pets and children. And, unless it is directed on the label, never mix products.
At A&A Coatings, we are concerned with you, your family, your business, and the environment. We use the safest, most proven methods possible. Our applications are not only high-quality but high-tech and high performance. Our experts are at the ready to assist you with any concerns you may have and answer all of your thermal spray coating questions. Contact us today to find out how A&A Coatings can help you, your business, your industry, and your bottom line.