Over three million American workers risk benzene exposure each year. Benzene is a colorless, sweet-smelling, and flammable liquid that is a carcinogen. Benzene has been largely banned for the last twenty years. But many petroleum solvents and other products still contain benzene. Manufacturers also use benzene in producing detergents, drugs, pesticides, plastics, and other chemicals. Exposure to benzene has been associated with aplastic anemia, acute myelogenous leukemia, acute lymphocytic leukemia, and other forms of cancer and leukemia.
How are workers at risk for benzene exposure? Benzene is highly toxic when inhaled and/or ingested. Workers contact benzene through vapor inhalation, ingestion, or through any contact with the eyes or skin.
More recent studies underscore the toxicity of Benzene. White blood cell counts were lowered in workers exposed to less than 1 ppm (parts per million) of benzene. In other words, a little exposure can cause a lot of harm.
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