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Voc Rating For Futons

Thursday, January 26, 2017 1:39:35 PM America/Los_Angeles

Voc Rating For Futons

Voc Rating

 

Federal law requires that manufacturers include a VOC (volatile organic compounds) rating on the label. The rating is important because VOCs can pose certain hazards to the environment and to the person using the product. The rating is displayed in grams per liter (g/l), and tells us the relative concentration of VOCs that are present in the mix. As a general rule, the lower the VOC rating, the lower the potential hazard this product might pose. However, there’s a little more to the story than that.

The VOC rating may be misleading or may not present the entire picture of the potential hazards. Although a lower VOC rating is generally a positive thing, understanding the true toxicity of a product goes beyond what a simple VOC rating can tell us. The VOC rating is a simple measure and by no means does it provide the complete picture of the product itself. How you use a finish can be just as important as the VOC rating itself. Some manufacturers have ended up in court over exaggerated claims of “low” or “zero” VOC content in their products.

Conversely, a higher VOC rating is generally not a good thing. But sometimes, the higher VOC rating for example in wood finish appears more hazardous than it actually is. A main example of this is the use of shellac based finishes. On first glance, the high VOC rating should be cause for concern, however the FDA has approved this product for use in foods. How could this have happened? Someone surely must have overlooked this. The hard, shiny shells on candies are often made from shellac, a resin secreted by the lac bug. You may know shellac from its more famous work in varnishes and sealants, but it's also a mainstay in pill coatings, candy, coffee beans, and even the waxy sheen on apples and other fruits and vegetables.


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