"Fume vs. Vapor" Explained in 100 Words: EH&S Services

SmokeIf you're in the EH&S field, you're probably using hundreds (maybe even thousands) of acronyms on a day-to-day basis. With so much regulatory jargon, it's easy to forget or misuse a word here or there. So here it is. We're giving you a word a week based on your requests in hopes of generating some vocabulary-based discussion in the EH&S community. 

“Fumes” are heated solid particles temporarily suspended in air while "vapors" are gaseous.  Smoke is a fume while steam coming from a pot of boiling water is a vapor. Though these two words are often used interchangeably, the differences should not be overlooked. 

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