Home Organic Vapor (VOC) Test Kit from IAQ Screen Check

Because Formaldehyde Isn't the Only VOC You Should be Worried About

  • Do-it-yourself home test kit detects over 50 different Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that are commonly found in indoor environments, as well as many rarer chemicals and gases
  • Tests for known carcinogens such as benzene and styrene, as well as many probable carcinogens that are commonly found in the home and workplace. Also tests for toluene, xylene and other toxic VOCs that present serious long-term health risks
  • One of the few VOC home test kits that is sensitive enough to measure mould mVOCs
  • Patented Bio-Badge device can be used to measure either room VOC levels or personal exposure over a 24 hour period
  • Simple to use, with clear step-by-step instructions provided
  • Price includes laboratory analysis and test report, i.e., no hidden lab fees
  • Report provided by the Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory (EDLab), one of the top microbiology and air quality assessment laboratories in North America
  • Test report provides concentration levels for all chemicals detected relative to permitted exposure levels
  • Same test used by indoor air quality professionals, building inspectors and environmental consultants
  • Meets all Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) accuracy requirements and includes a Chain of Custody form


Developed by the environmental scientists at Building Health Check/Pure Air Control Services, an award-winning indoor air quality environmental firm, the Screen Check Organic Vapor (VOC) Test Kit is an industry-leading product that tests for over 50 common volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in your indoor air, including harmful chemicals such as benzene, styrene, perchloroethylene, methylene chloride, carbon tetrachloride, chloroform, toluene and xylene. The Organic Vapor Test Kit also tests for over 25 other chemicals, including more than 10 mould VOCs. In fact, no other VOC home test kit on the market screens for and reports on as many individual volatile organic compounds as the IAQ Screen Check Organic Vapor (VOC) test kit does. (Note that this kit does not test for formaldehyde, see the Screen Check Formaldehyde Test Kit if you would also like to test for formaldehyde.)

Like all Screen Check test kits, the Organic Vapor (VOC) Test Kit is economical, reliable and simple to use. The VOC test kit comes complete with everything you need to collect a sample for analysis. The patented Bio-Badge device included in the test kit samples the air from an indoor area of up to 2,800 sq. ft. to measure room VOC levels, or may be worn for 24 hours to measure personal exposure levels. Simply follow the easy, step-by-step instructions that are included in the test kit, and then immediately mail the sample to the lab for analysis in the addressed envelope provided (postage is pre-paid if mailed in the US, Canadian customers must affix proper postage).

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Your sample will be analyzed using state-of-the-art equipment by an accredited lab, with a test report provided by the Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory (EDLab) in Florida, an elite lab that specializes in environmental microbiology, indoor air quality and environmental allergen testing. EDLab has analyzed hundreds of thousands of indoor environmental samples from around the world and provided legally defensible data for expert testimony.   More about EDLab

A test report showing the concentration of VOCs over the detectable limit (in parts per million) will be emailed to you 7 to 10 business days after receiving your sample at the lab. The report also provides you with permissible exposure levels for each chemical detected (where available) and a toll-free number linking you to the experts at EDLab for any questions you may have about your VOC test results.

Want to test for formaldehyde?   See the Screen Check Formaldehyde Test Kit
Want to see other home air quality test kits?   See Screen Check Home Air Quality Test Kits

Tests For The Organic Vapor (VOC) Test Kit screens for over 50 volatile organic compounds that are commonly found in indoor air, including the following:
  • Acetic Acid
  • Acetone
  • Acetonitrile
  • Acrylonitrile
  • Allyl Chloride
  • Benzene
  • 2-Butanone (MEK)
  • Butyl Cellosolve
  • Butyl Acetate
  • Butyl Carbitol
  • Carbon Tetrachloride
  • Cellosolve
  • Chlorobenzene
  • Chloroform
  • Cyclohexane
  • Cyclohexanol
  • Cyclohexanone
  • 1,2 Dichloroethane
  • Dimethyl Formamide
  • Dimethyl Sulfoxide
  • Dioxane
  • Dipropylene Glycol
  • Ethyl Acetate
  • Ethyl Alcohol
  • Ethyl Benzene
  • Ethyl Ether
  • Ethoxyethanol
  • 2-Ethoxyethyl Ether
  • Formamide
  • Heptane
  • Hexane
  • Hexone MIBK)
  • Isobutyl Alcohol
  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Isooctane
  • Methyl Acrylate
  • Methyl Chloroform
  • Methyl Ether
  • Methyl Methacrylate
  • Methyl-t-butyl Ether
  • Methylene Chloride
  • Pentane
  • Perchloroethylene
  • Pyridine
  • Styrene
  • 1,2,4-Trimethylbenzene
  • Tetrahydrofuran
  • Toluene
  • Trichloroethane
  • Trichloroethylene
  • Vinyl Acetate
  • Xylene
The VOC kit also tests for over 25 less common chemicals, including more than 10 microbial volatile organic compounds (mVOCs) released by moulds.

Note: The VOC kit does not test for formaldehyde. If you are interested in assessing formaldehyde levels, see the Screen Check Formaldehyde Test Kit.
Collection Method Bio-Badge
Number of Samples/Locations
per Kit
Includes 1 sample collection device, which measures VOC concentration in 1 room of up to 2,800 sq. ft.
Alternatively, the device can be worn to measure personal exposure over a 24 period.
Measured In Parts per million (ppm)
Detection Limit Detects VOC levels as low as 0.002 parts per million (24 hours)
Time to Receive Test Results Test report emailed 7 to 10 business days after receipt of sample by lab (please allow sufficient time for the sample to reach the US by mail).
Expiry Your sample should be received by the lab before the expiry date marked on the package (please allow sufficient time for the sample to reach the US by mail).
About Volatile Organic Compounds Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are a prolific group of carbon-based chemicals that readily become vapours or gases at room temperature. VOCs are pervasive in our homes and offices, with a single indoor air sample often containing hundreds of individual VOCs. Indoor VOC levels are generally 2 to 5 times higher than VOC levels outdoors, with even higher concentrations in new homes, tightly-sealed houses or environments where solvents are commonly used. In addition, the VOC concentration in an indoor environment tends to be 3 to 4 times higher in winter than in summer.

Harmful VOCs often do not have acute toxic effects as exposure levels are typically low, but many have compounding long-term health effects, with symptoms developing slowly over time. While some VOCs have a strong odour, others do not, so odour should not be used as an indication of risk level.
Major Indoor Sources
of VOCs
  • Household furnishings:   vinyl flooring, carpets, draperies, cabinetry, shower curtains and other plastics
  • Textiles and paper products:   dry-cleaned clothing, synthetics, fabric treatments, books, newspapers, journals
  • Household chemicals:   cleaners, floor waxes, air fresheners, furniture polishes, disinfectants, insecticides, fabric softeners
  • Personal care products:   deodorants, cosmetics, perfume, hair colour, nail care products
  • Electronic devices:   photocopiers, printers, computers, televisions, appliances
  • Paints, adhesives, solvents and finishes:   paints, lacquers, resins, varnishes, mineral spirits, caulking, wallpaper glue, adhesives, paint strippers, adhesive removers, hobby and art supplies, printer inks and toners
  • Construction materials:   polyurethane foam insulation, pvc cement, pressed wood products
  • Combustion products:   HVAC systems, wood stoves/fireplaces, kerosene heaters, tobacco smoke
  • Fuel and Automotive:   vehicle exhaust and fumes from automobile fluids in attached garages, stored gasoline, oils and fuels
Symptoms of VOC Exposure
  • Eye, nose and throat irritation
  • Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pains
  • Headaches, dizziness, fatigue, confusion, memory impairment, loss of coordination
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Blurry vision, visual disorders
  • Chest tightness or pains, irregular heartbeat
  • Hyperactivity in children and irritability in adults
  • Exacerbation of asthma
Long-Term Health Concerns
  • Long-term indoor exposure to many VOCs can cause lung irritation, damage to the liver and kidneys, neurological damage, disruption of the endochrine system, and infertility in both men and women.
  • Exposure to high concentrations of some VOCs during pregnancy (e.g., cellosolve) can lead to fetal development issues, miscarriages, low birth weight and birth defects.
  • Industrial workers with prolonged exposure to high levels of VOCs are at greater risk for cancer (e.g., benzene has been shown to cause myelocytic leukemia, while styrene has been linked to lymphohematopoietic cancer). Many other VOCs have been identified as possible or probable carcinogens, including carbon tetrachloride, chloroform, 1,2 dichloroethane, methylene chloride, perchloroethylene and trichloroethylene.
Who Should Test for VOCs The Screen Check Organic Vapor (VOC) Test Kit is ideal for:
  • New homeowners or those who have completed a major home renovation
  • Apartment and condo dwellers concerned about second hand smoke and other VOCs entering their living space from neighbouring units
  • Expectant parents who wish to ensure that the developing fetus is not being exposed to excessive VOCs in the home
  • Parents who want to safeguard their young children during their developmental years or are concerned about their children’s exposure to harmful chemicals and gases at school
  • Artists, craftspeople and hobbyists, particularly those working with oil-based paints, markers, adhesives and solvents
  • People with homes in industrial areas, close to refineries or near major roads with heavy motor vehicle traffic
  • Those in neighbourhoods that rely heavily on wood heating
  • Those with wood stoves, fireplaces or heating sources that may not be properly vented to the outside
  • Workers in businesses that rely heavily on harmful solvents (e.g., nail salons, dry cleaners, print shops, paint manufacturers, mortuaries, laboratories) to determine occupational exposure
  • Office workers concerned about VOC exposure in the workplace, especially if working in close proximity to photocopiers and printers
  • Employees whose offices have been renovated, painted, or had new carpeting or furniture installed
  • Individuals who have environmental illnesses (e.g., multiple chemical sensitivity) to determine the specific VOCs that are in the air they’re breathing
Organic Vapor Sample (VOC)
Test Report
Note: Levels are provided for all detectable chemicals, with OSHA permissible exposure limits for detected chemicals on p.1. Chemicals not reported are not detected within the limits of the test at the test location, however, they may be present in lower concentrations or in other locations.
Screen Check VOC Sample Test Report

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