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Nail polishes and nail polish removers as sources of volatile organic compound emissions

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Compounds which have an effect on indoor air quality may be emitted from different household products. Cosmetics are one of this group of products. The content ofVolatile Organic Compounds (VOC) in nail polishes and nail polish removers available on the Polish market was determined using gas chromatography. In the nail polish removers analyzed, acetone, methanol, ethanol, isopropyl alcohol, ethyl and butyl acetates were present. In the analyzed nail polishes aliphatic esters, aliphatic alcohols and aromatic hydrocarbons were identified. The total VOCs emission intensity was determined using the gravimetric method. In order to evaluate indoor air quality, the concentrations ofVOCs in a standard room were calculated and the inhalation exposure to VOCs was estimated.

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