This test is designed for the rapid collection of a wide range of airborne aerosols including mold spores, pollen, insect parts, skin cells, fibers, mineral dust, the biogenic and inorganic particles and opaque particles. The Surface Dust test is specifically designed to capture biogenic, fibrous and inorganic particulates.
It also collects data on volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. Organic chemicals are widely used as ingredients in household products. All of these products can release organic compounds while you are using them, and, to some degree, when they are stored.
It also collects data on formaldehyde, which is a colorless, flammable, strong-smelling chemical. It is released into the air from many products inside the home, including hardwood plywood, particleboard and medium-density fiberboard; softwood plywood; pre-finished engineered flooring; building materials and insulation; glues and adhesives; bonding agents and solvents; paints and coatings; lacquers and finishes; textiles; disinfectant cleaning products and soaps; preservatives; some synthetic fabrics; some cosmetics and personal products; pet care products; tobacco smoke and fuel-burning appliances.