Benzene exposure can be very detrimental to your health and even deadly. The chemical benzene is a clear, colorless and flammable liquid that is typically found in materials such as plastics, rubber, resins and synthetic fibers. While high levels of benzene exposure have been associated with leukemia, even minimal amounts can pose a serious risk. The federal government and the Environmental Protection Agency have strictly regulated benzene exposure due to the substantial health risks the chemical poses.
Benzene is known as a carcinogen, which is a substance recognized to cause cancer in humans. In addition to the threat of cancer, long-term benzene exposure has been shown to cause rapid heart rate, drowsiness, tremors, vomiting and nausea, unconsciousness and even death. Low levels of benzene exposure can also pose significant health risks such as anemia, immune system depression and nervous system disorders.
Benzene exposure is possible through many ways. Low levels of exposure can be experienced through cigarette smoke and car exhaust. High levels can result from working at gas stations or hazardous wastes sights. Water can also present problems of benzene exposure if wells are near underground chemical storage or waste sites. The Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974, which regulated safe levels of chemicals in water, deemed the safe level of benzene to be zero.
While there are many risks for benzene exposure, those most at risk are workers in professions that work with and are exposed to petroleum solvents. Despite the government’s attempts to ban benzene as a solvent, it is still widely used. Workers at a high risk for benzene exposure may include gasoline distributors, painters, chemical plant workers, paper manufacturers, newspaper press workers, pesticide makers, and leather makers. These workers can be exposed to highly dangerous levels of benzene through inhalation and skin absorption.
The Environmental Protection Agency has enacted strict regulations to reduce benzene exposure in the work environment. Unfortunately, when regulations are not complied with, workers can be exposed to highly dangerous conditions that could potentially result in long term and irreversible health conditions.
If you or a loved one has been adversely affected by benzene exposure, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain, suffering, and losses. Typically as with any toxic injury claim, you may be up against a large and powerful company. The help of a qualified benzene exposure attorney can be vital to protecting your legal rights and maximizing your claims. Please contact us to speak with a qualified and experienced benzene exposure attorney today, free of charge, to discuss the details of your case.
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