Benzene Containing Chemicals & Products

Benzene is such a vital component of many products, and it is unfortunately found in a large number of materials that most people encounter each day. In a great many of these cases the amount of benzene is minimal, but even minute exposure over a prolonged period can result in a number of health problems and blood-related problems such as leukemia, aplastic anemia, and lymphomas. Benzene was used extensively in many manufacturing and industrial uses in the early part of the 20th century, but its use began to decline as the dangers associated with this toxic chemical became better known.

Some of the more common products that contain benzene include:

  • Detergents
  • Gasoline
  • Styrofoam packing materials
  • Plastics
  • Glues
  • Adhesives
  • Household cleaning products
  • Paint strippers
  • Some art supplies
  • Tobacco smoke

Despite the well-documented dangers of benzene exposure, it remains one of the most produced chemicals in the United States. Although production and use are severely regulated, there are many incidents of misuse and accidents that can have long range implications for hundreds of thousands of people. Unfortunately, the body metabolizes benzene quickly, which prevents doctors from measuring the amount in an individual.

Benzene in the Workplace

Benzene is a valuable and versatile chemical, and many people are exposed to it every day because of their occupations. In most cases, benzene is released into the air where it is continuously inhaled or ingested, but is also absorbed through the clothes and skin of workers. Some jobs that come into contact with benzene the most include:

  • Adhesive production
  • Chemical Lab workers
  • Gas Workers
  • Industrial plant workers who use solvents
  • Leather manufacturing
  • Manufacturers of plastics, rubber, resins, and synthetic fibers
  • Oil Refinery Workers
  • Painters
  • Paper and Pulp manufacturing
  • Pesticide manufacturing
  • Printing/newspaper production

If you have worked in one of these professions, you may be at risk of benzene poisoning.

Known Benzene Worksites

Even though benzene is one of the most highly-regulated chemicals in the United States, it is also one of the most common. It is estimated that up to 300,000 people are exposed to benzene each year in their place of work. The places benzene is the most abundant include:

  • pharmaceuticals plants
  • benzene manufacturing plants
  • chemical labs (such as universities or commercial laboratories)
  • oil refineries
  • chemical and petrochemical plants
  • pesticide manufacturers
  • printers
  • gasoline distributors
  • oil tankers
  • pulp and paper manufacturers
  • wood stain and varnish manufacturers
  • rubber producers
  • adhesive manufactures

If you have worked in any of these jobsites, you should consult your doctor without delay.

  • - -
  • By clicking the "Submit" button below, you agree that law firms you are matched with may contact you by telephone even if you are on a federal or state Do Not Call registry. Up to 10 law firms may respond to your request within approximately 2 weeks. In some cases 3 or more firms may respond to your request after 30 days. Use of this site is subject to our Terms of Use.

Home | Sitemap

Website Design & Web Positioning by Wise Law Group

Copyright ©2012- All rights reserved | Terms of Use

Page Updated: 6/15/2006. Description: Benzene Containing Products Leukemia Danger and Benzene Lawyers