June 09, 2022 1 min read
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are a class of chemicals that occur naturally in coal, crude oil, and gasoline. They result from burning coal, oil, gas, wood, garbage, and tobacco. PAHs are atmospheric pollutants produced by small combustion units (such as fireplaces and stoves in homes), traffic and industrial processes. High heat when cooking meat and other foods will form PAHs (especially at summertime BBQ events or in smoked products). PAHs can bind to or form small particles in the air.
PAHs are an alarming group of substances for humans and environmental organisms. Many PAHs are carcinogenic, mutagenic and/or toxic for reproduction. Some PAHs are at the same time persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic for humans and other organisms. Persistence means that the substances remain in the environment for a long time and are hardly decomposed there. Bioaccumulative chemicals accumulate in organisms – including the human body.
PAHs may be found in consumer products containing rubber or plastic parts. Extender oils are added to the rubber parts (PVC materials, etc.) to make them soft and flexible. These extender oils are produced as by-products or waste products in coal and petroleum processing. Extender oils are harmful substances.
TÜV Rheinland testing method includes the PAHs test. PAHs free is not an actual certification in itself, but all GS certified products are also PAHs free. Quickloader products do not contain harmful PAHs and are therefore safe to use.
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