Found in almost all types of industrial complexes, volatile organic compounds are hazardous substances that can cause nerve and kidney damage to workers who are accidentally exposed to them while on the job. Due to the serious problems that can ensue when exposure occurs, companies now install monitoring equipment such as volatile organic compound detectors that can quickly detect when exposure is possible. But to make sure you are able to get maximum efficiency from these detectors, it is vital to understand their features and why you need a VOC detector.

Networking Capabilities

Since VOC can be found in many different areas of an industrial complex, they can sometimes be difficult to detect when exposure first occurs. To combat this problem, VOC monitors are now made with advanced capabilities to link with wireless networks throughout a facility. Not only will this let them transmit information to mobile devices such as smartphones, but also connect with different databases and servers. Once this is done, the monitors can then gather information, assess potential risks, and transmit the data in real-time to engineers for additional analysis.


Using the process of photoionization, gas detectors VOC focus on using varying degrees of ultraviolet light to measure electron level flows in the surrounding air. By doing so, the detector can scan for various types of toxic and combustible VOC. Not only will this allow for quicker detection of dangerous substances, but also alert engineers and safety personnel much quicker. Since VOC can begin damaging a person’s respiratory and nervous system in a matter of minutes, quick detection is essential to the overall safety of a facility.

Alarm Systems

Whenever a VOC is detected, it will be crucial to alert nearby personnel of impending danger. However, since all industrial facilities are different in terms of noise, layout, and other factors, doing so can be difficult. To make sure personnel are notified no matter their work environment, VOC meters are equipped with multiple alarm systems that can be sounded automatically in the event of an emergency. By having the ability to use flashing lights, strobes, and sirens, these meters can be installed in multiple types of work environments. From areas where equipment noise may hinder sirens to large facilities that may have personnel spread out over long distances, using various alarms can ensure everyone is notified of the dangerous event as quickly as possible.

Calibration Parameter

Since it is important to detect VOC levels before they approach critical levels, most modern VOC detection systems are equipped with electronic systems that allow engineers to program them with strict calibration parameters. In doing so, the monitors can not only scan for VOC levels within these parameters, but also self-calibrate to changing environmental conditions. In the event of VOC exposure this will be critical, since engineers will need to have constant updates on VOC levels in different areas of a building. By being able to self-calibrate, engineers and industrial technicians will know the data being transmitted to them is accurate.