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Benzene is a known carcinogen, which means it can cause specific types of cancer. Workers exposed to significant quantities of benzene are at risk, and may be eligible for compensation.
According to the CDC, benzene ranks in the top 20 chemicals for production volume and exposure to benzene can occur on many levels and far too many employers do not follow the proper safety procedures to protect their employees from benzene and other harmful substances.
What is Benzene?
Benzene is a liquid used to cut grease and dissolve rust. It is a highly flammable liquid with a sweet smell commonly used in maintenance and repair work at home, as well as commercial and industrial environments. It is found in several products such as:
- Motor fuels
- Nylon and synthetic fibers
Workplace Exposure To Benzene
Workers in industries that make or use benzene may be exposed to this chemical. These include:
- Rubber industry
- Oil refineries
- Chemical Plants
- Shoe Manufacturers
- Gasoline-related industries
Other people who may be exposed to benzene at work include steel workers, printers, lab technicians, gas station employees, and firefighters. Federal regulations limit exposure to benzene in the workplace.
Exposure To Benzene
Exposure disrupts cell function in a number of ways. Even short-term exposure can cause serious side effects. For example, it can cause bone marrow to produce fewer red blood cells, leading to anemia. It can also change the levels of antibodies in your blood, reducing the overall number of white blood cells. These effects damage the immune system and increase your chance of getting an infection. Benzene may reduce the platelet count in your blood, which leads to excessive bleeding. The severity of the effects to your health depends on the amount of benzene that you have been exposed to, the means of exposure and its duration.
According to the Center for Disease Control, exposure to benzene through ingestion or inhalation can lead to the following symptoms:
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
Long-term exposure to this toxic chemical can cause very serious illnesses, and may eventually lead to death. Illnesses linked to exposure include:
- Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML, almost exclusively caused by benzene exposure)
- Multiple Myeloma
- Myelodysplastic Syndrome/Myelodyplasia
- Non Hodgkin Lymphoma
Benzene In The News:
EPA took 6 months to warn homeowner of carcinogen – Lansing State Journal
How The Carlson Law Firm Can Help
The Carlson Law Firm is made up of nationally recognized specialists and research associates who have the proven ability to help you through your current legal matter. We serve clients throughout the nation. If you, or someone you loved, has been injured due to exposure, we can help. We offer:
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