Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS)

Volatile organic compound measure of household, category

Volatile organic compound measure refers to a measure of the residential air concentration of 88 volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are common around the home such as paints, cigarette smoke, building materials and vehicle emissions. Some VOCs are known to be toxic in very high concentration but a direct link to health problems has yet to be confirmed.

Household is generally defined as being composed of a person or group of persons who co-reside in, or occupy, a dwelling. As in the case of dwellings, both collective and private households are identified.

Household refers to a person or group of persons who occupy the same dwelling and do not have a usual place of residence elsewhere in Canada or abroad. The dwelling may be either a collective dwelling or a private dwelling. The household may consist of a family group such as a census family, of two or more families sharing a dwelling, of a group of unrelated persons or of a person living alone. Household members who are temporarily absent on reference day are considered part of their usual household.

The household universe is divided into two sub-universes on the basis of whether or not the household is occupying a collective dwelling or a private dwelling. The former is identified as a collective household while the latter is a private household.

The data for this variable are reported using the following classifications and/or lists:

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