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Hydroxyl Generators and Professional Painters: How to Keep Your Staff and Clients Safe and Happy

Posted by Tom McArdle on 7/12/21

There’s an increasing level of concern around evidence that links the chemicals found in paint and the fumes they give off and how they might pose an array of health issues.

Benzene, for example, is a well-known carcinogen found in some paints as well as glue, dry-erase markers, vehicle exhaust, and pesticides. Like with other carcinogens, long-term exposure or even short bursts of exposure to high levels of benzene poses cause for concern.  Just spending a small amount of time in a poorly ventilated, newly painted room can expose people to elevated benzene levels.


Painting is messy work, but it also can be dangerous work thanks to the fumes that paint gives off. If you’re a contractor, you hire a team of professional painters, or if you run a large property management company, chances are you do a lot of painting. Odorox® Hydroxyl Group’s hydroxyl generator is one way to address the odor and the dangerous fumes released during painting. 

Take Care of Dangerous VOCs

Increasing attention is being given to volatile organic compounds — otherwise known as VOCs — and the dangers they pose. VOC gases are emitted from some solids or liquids. The term refers to a variety of chemicals that can have both short-term and long-term adverse health effects. Understandably, the concentration of VOCs tends to be higher indoors where ventilation is not as effective. The chemicals that cause VOCs are used in all kinds of household products, including paint. 

VOCs pose all kinds of health threats, including allergic reactions like asthma, headaches, upper respiratory infections, rashes, and even cancer. They also can cause:

  • Eye, nose, and throat irritation
  • Loss of coordination and nausea
  • Damage to the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Nosebleeds

While some paint is available free of VOCs, the high level of VOCs is still a major concern with many major paint brands. A hydroxyl generator can rid your property of dangerous VOCs during and after painting.

How Hydroxyl Generators Work

Professional-grade hydroxyl generators harness the same UV radiation as the sun to naturally clean and deodorize indoor environments. Odorox® Hydroxyl Group’s generators replicate nature’s processes by creating multiple high-energy UV wavelengths that interact with oxygen and water vapor in the air. 

Our hydroxyl generators produce hydroxyl radicals, which don’t mask odor molecules like VOCs and paint fumes; they actually break apart these harmful chemicals and odor particles on a molecular level. This eliminates the need for masking agents or other chemicals to hide the odor. There’s also never any need for fogging, spraying, or wiping. 

The full effects of the hydroxyl generators may take a few days, but many notice a difference in just a few hours. 

Hydroxyl Generators: A Safer Alternative for Odor Elimination

For quite some time, contractors have relied on other equipment like ozone generators to clear odors. But ozone poses its own risks. When inhaled, ozone can damage the lungs. Even relatively low amounts of ozone can lead to bothersome side effects like chest pain, coughing, shortness of breath, and throat irritation and can amplify chronic respiratory issues like asthma. 

These safety concerns have caused many contractors to look for safer options, and there are no health risks associated with hydroxyl generators. 

Thanks to their odor-busting properties, hydroxyl generators can keep you safer on the job site while remove odors in order to keep your staff safer and your clients happier. This quick and safe odor and VOC removal gives you and your team the ability to complete jobs more quickly, making your work more profitable. 

Our hydroxyl generators can be purchased or rented for large jobs or occasional work to keep your team safe and rid your space of pesky, dangerous odors. Whether you paint for work every day or only paint in between tenants, you deserve a healthy, VOC-free space. Contact us today to learn more!



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