Indoor Air Quality – The science and regulations behind the headlines

by | Gas Chromatography

Learn about the wide range of regulatory and market pressures placed on manufacturers to limit the chemical emissions from products and materials in this on-demand presentation.


Format: On demand

Duration: Approximately 50 minutes

The release of volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds (VOCs and SVOCs) from products and materials is increasingly subject to regulation in many countries. This, along with rising consumer awareness of the health risks of exposure to chemical emissions indoors, is driving demand for improved assessment and labelling of products.

Manufacturers (and their suppliers) of products including flooring, furniture, paint, wood-based products, insulation materials, coatings, adhesives and sealants, toys, domestic goods, and cleaning products are all impacted by these regulations.

This presentation describes the use of thermal desorption–gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (TD–GC–MS) to characterise the chemicals that affect indoor air quality, and highlights the importance of robust sample preparation, sampling and analytical procedures.

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The Presenters

CarolineWiddowson_200Caroline Widdowson
Material Emission Specialist, Markes International
Caroline is a specialist in the sampling and analysis of trace-level volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds in solids, liquids, and gases. She holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry and a MBA. Caroline is currently the Head of Market Development at Markes International, an advanced analytical instrument manufacturer with expertise in industrial & environmental monitoring, defence & forensics, chemical emissions from products and materials and chemical ecology. Caroline is current Chair of the UK’s national standardisation body (BSi) committee on Indoor Air Quality.

ThomasNeuhaus_200Thomas Neuhaus
Head of Indoor Air Comfort Gold Certification - Eurofins Product Testing
Thomas Neuhaus studied environmental engineering and is a specialist for product emission testing. He has been working for Eurofins Product Testing Denmark A/S with VOC emission testing since 2005. He is active in various standardisation working groups defining VOC product emission testing methodologies and consults organisations, that require VOC emission testing in their labelling schemes and specifications.


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Published  Jan 12, 2023

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