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According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), we spend a majority of our time indoors – whether it’s at work, school, or in our homes. Given this, it is important to ensure that the air inside our buildings is clean and safe to breathe. The importance of indoor air quality in our homes, schools, and workplaces cannot be overstated. It is critical for the well-being of the people who spend their time in these spaces, as poor air quality can lead to a variety of health problems. Indoor air quality is especially important in our homes, as we spend the majority of our time there. Similarly, schools and workplaces are places where we spend a significant amount of time, and the air quality in these spaces can greatly impact our ability to learn and work effectively.
Air quality in the building space is influenced by many factors, including building materials, structures, upholstery materials for furniture, interiors, radiation, and so on. In addition, activities inside the building, such as the use of environmentally unfriendly energy, the use of pesticides, cleaning chemicals, and indoor smoking can also affect air quality. These chemicals can emit pollutants that can persist in the building for a long time. To minimize these threats, the Indonesian Ministry of Health has established guidelines for indoor air quality, particularly focusing on chemical quality. These guidelines help protect ourselves and our loved ones from harmful materials like VOCs that may be present in buildings. A key requirement set by the Ministry is a limit on VOC exposure, with a maximum of 3ppm allowed for 8 hours.
What are VOCs?
VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) is a classification given to certain chemicals that easily and quickly evaporate and develop into odorous gases and vapors that can significantly increase the accumulation of potentially hazardous substances in the air, especially when released indoors. EPA states that VOCs levels are consistently higher indoors, with indoor VOCs levels reaching up to 10 times higher than outdoor levels.
VOCs formed a gas by a variety of products such as paints and lacquerware, cleaning and disinfecting fluids, pesticides, building materials and coatings, office equipment such as machinery photocopies and printers, craft materials and graphics, including glue and adhesives, permanent markers, and solvents photography.
VOCs can damage the respiratory system, which can lead to an oxygen deficit in the body. Not only are there direct effects on the lungs, but without enough oxygen reaching the body’s vital organs, other issues can arise. Even short-term exposure leads to respiratory problems, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, and nausea. With long-term exposure to VOCs, the health effects can lead to organ damage, neurological problems, and even cancer.
What can you do to cope with VOCs?
Now we already know how dangerous VOCs are. Furthermore, here are some solutions according to the guidelines from Indonesian Ministry of Health for you to minimize and to avoid the threats of the VOCs exposure.
Improve ventilation when using products that emit VOCs.
Does not store material containers containing VOCs whether those still used or not used.
Use household products according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Keep ingredients containing VOCs out of the reach of children and pets.
Never mix household care products, unless according to the instructions on the packaging label.
Do not smoke indoor.
Reduce exposure by protecting/closing all exposed surfaces of panels and other furniture.
Switch to eco-friendly indoor products that contains VOCs Free like Knauf.
Knauf is a Smart Solution for your building
To improve the quality of life is our long-term commitment for all our customers and partners. We are eager to grow and always provide the best for customers and partners with our innovative products and solutions. We want to be a part of all our customers’ journey, part of your journey to build your dream places and providing healthy and safe places not only for you but also your loved ones. We focus on providing safe, healthy, and high-quality products while also developing sustainable strategies as part of our commitment to producing eco-friendly products.
Knauf’s products range from standard gypsum boards, technical boards, metal frames, plasters, and compounds. These products are the result of years of hard work, aimed at providing customers with the means to build healthy and safe places with love and passion.
Our products have been tested and proven safe for health by national and international certifications, such as SNI, Green Label Singapore, and ASTM. Additionally, we have received certification from ISO 45001, indicating that Knauf Indonesia’s management and building practices are eco-friendly and support sustainability.
With German technology, environmentally friendly products, and safe for health, Knauf is a smart solution for your building materials. We believe that everything comes from the heart, would be felt by the hearts too.
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