The Volatile Organic Compounds handbook

This book gives guidance on the investigation, assessment and management of risks from Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) on contamination land.

Assessing the risk of volatile organic compounds
Assessing the risk of volatile organic compounds

Who wrote this?

  • K. Baker
  • H. Hayward
  • L. Potter
  • D. Bradley
  • C. MacLeod 

from Arcadis and Nottinghamshire County Council.

When?

It was first published in November 2009.

Why?

To improve site safety when there is a danger of volatile organic compounds.

Who should read this?

Anyone who is in charge of construction site safety, especially if there is a risk of volatile organic compounds inhalation by people there.

Content

This 215-page book, available to by from CIRIA, gives clear, flexible guidance on the investigation, assessment and management of risks from Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) on contaminated land in the UK. The VOCs handbook has been prepared to illustrate industry best practive standards, and to be consistent with existing UK regulatory guidance on land contamination. It is also intended to compliment the guidance released by CIRIA in 2007, Assessing risks posed by hazardous ground gases (C665).

This covers:

  • Common sources
  • The nature of the hazard
  • Assessing risks health from VOCs inhalation
  • Influencing factors for the presence and migration of VOCs in soil gas 
  • The effects on buildings through vapour intrusion and vapour emissions

It describes a framework for investigation, assessment and risk management and sets out a site investigation strategy and looks at remedial options.

For more information and questions, please contact management@ice.org.uk.

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