Journal article

Pandemic products and volatile chemical emissions

Anne Steinemann, Neda Nematollahi, Behzad Rismanchi, Nigel Goodman, Spas D Kolev

Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health | Springer | Published : 2021


The recent pandemic (COVID-19) has seen a sweeping and surging use of products intended to clean and disinfect, such as air sprays, hand sanitizers, and surface cleaners, many of which contain fragrance. However, exposure to fragranced cleaning products has been associated with adverse effects on human health. Products can emit a range of volatile chemicals, including some classified as hazardous, but relatively few ingredients are disclosed to the public. Thus, relatively little is known about the specific emissions from these products. This study investigates the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted from “pandemic products” that are being used frequently and extensively in society. In..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We gratefully acknowledge the supporters of this study: the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub funded by the Australian Government's National Environmental Science Program; and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). We thank Justine Weinberg, Public Health Institute, contractor to Occupational Health Branch, California Department of Public Health, and Jennifer Flattery, Occupational Health Branch, California Department of Public Health, USA, for their very thoughtful review and contributions. We also thank Ian C. MacGregor of Battelle in Columbus, OH, USA, for his excellent work on the analysis of the United States products. Finally, we deeply appreciate the comments from the anonymous reviewers of this paper.