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VOCs Factsheet

This ODH factsheet answers many common questions about a class of chemicals known as volatile organic chemicals (VOCs), including:

  • What are VOCs and how do they get into the environment?

  • How do VOCs get into my body?

  • Can I get sick from VOCs?

  • Do VOCs cause cancer?

  • Where can I get more information?


Local health departments are encouraged to print these factsheets for distribution in the event of a public health incident involving VOCs.


This factsheet may be updated periodically as new scientific information becomes available or as regulations change. You can find the date of the most recent updates to this factsheet inside the PDF.