Semi-Volatile Organic Compounds (SVOCs) in the Residential Environment



U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The American Chemical Council


Location and Date

August 17—19, 2009 —Research Triangle Park, NC



Bill Fisk, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Miriam Diamond, University of Toronto

Elaine Hubal-Cohen, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

John Kissel, University of Washington

John Little, Virginia Tech

Hal Levin, Building Ecology Research Group

Tom McKone, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley

Bill Nazaroff, College of Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

Charles J. Weschler, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey



REACH and the current emphasis on chemical screening and prioritizing in the US highlight the critical need for improved tools to characterize and predict potential exposures associated with the indoor use of building materials and consumer products. Semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) (such as plasticizers, flame retardants, biocides, and pesticides) are released from a vast number of building materials and consumer products including toys, lotions, nail polish, perfume, cling film, shampoo, computers, televisions, foams, shower curtains, vinyl flooring, and PVC products. Many SVOCs have been associated with adverse health outcomes in laboratory animals and in limited environmental epidemiology studies.



Explore current understanding of the source-to-health continuum for SVOCs with a range of properties and linked to a variety of potential health outcomes. Focus on mechanistic considerations. Identify research required to develop improved tools for rapidly predicting exposure and risk associated with SVOCs used or emitted in the residential environment.


The final report is available for download here