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Occupations with Benzene Exposure

Exposure in the work place to benzene may cause AML- acute myelogenous leukemia. While benzene has been banned in the United States for almost 30 years, workers are still exposed to significant amounts of benzene when working with refined petroleum products and chemicals, including Aromatic Hydrocarbons, Exposures, Crude Oil, Naphtha, Naphthalene, Toluene, Xylene,  Gasoline, Jet Fuel and Aviation Fuels. Most workers come into contact with benzene by breathing it into their lungs or absorbing it through their skin (dermal contact) when working with solvents. In the U.S. millions of workers are exposed to significant amounts of benzene every year. Even small amounts of exposure to benzene can cause acute myelogenous leukemia cancer.

High-Risk Benzene Exposure Jobs

  • Adhesive production
  • Aircraft engine and fuel workers
  • Aviation Gasoline workers
  • Automotive mechanics
  • Barge / tug workers
  • Boat and vessel seamen
  • Brake technicians
  • Chemical plant workers
  • Dental Lab and Denture Adhesive workers
  • Engine and turbine workers
  • Gasoline & Jet Fuel distribution workers
  • House painters
  • Industrial plant workers (solvents)
  • Jet Fuel Mechanics and truck drivers
  • Maritime offshore & dock workers
  • Newspaper press workers
  • Painters (marine, industrial and auto)
  • Paper and pulp
  • Pesticide manufacturing workers
  • Pipefitters welders
  • Printers and print shop employees
  • Railroad workers and mechanics
  • Oil Refinery & Petrochemical Plant Workers
  • Rubber workers
  • Shoe/leather workers
  • Solvent workers
  • Synthetic rubber production
  • Tankermen
  • Truck drivers
  • Adhesive Makers
  • Airplane Dope Makers
    Alcohol Workers
    Aniline Makers
    Art Glass Workers
    Artificial Leather Makers
    Asbestos Product Impregnators
    Asphalt Mixers
    Automotive Workers
    Battery (Dry) Makers                         
    Belt Scourers
    Brakelining Maker
    Can Makers
    Carbolic Acid Makers
    Cast Scrubbers
    Chemical Synthesis
    Clutch Disc Impregnators
    Coal Tar Workers/Refineries
    Coke Oven Workers
    DDT Makers
    Detergent Makers
    Disinfectant Makers
    Drug Makers
    Dry Cleaners
    Dye Makers
    Explosive Makers
    Fabric Dyers
    Feather Workers
    Fuel Handlers
    Fumigant Makers
    Fungicide Makers
    Furniture Finishers
    Gas Workers
    Glue Makers
    Hair Dressers
    Herbicide Makers
    Histology Techs
    Hydrochloric Acid Workers
    Ink Makers
    Insecticide Makers
    Lacquer Makers
    Leather Makers
    Linoleum Makers
    Maleic Acid Makers
    Millinery Worker
    Mirror Silverers
    Oil Processors
    Oilcloth Maters
    Organic Chemical Synthesizers
    Paint Makers
    Paraffin Processors
    Pencil Makers
    Perfume Makers
    Petrochemical Workers
    Pharmaceutical Workers
    Photographic Chemical Makers
    Picric Acid Makers
    Polish Makers
    Pottery Decorators
    Putty Makers
    Rubber Reclaimers
    Resin Makers
    Respirator Makers
    Rotogravure Printers
    Rubber Cementers
    Rubber Gasket Makers
    Rubber Makers
    Shellac Makers
    Shoe Factory Workers
    Shoe Finishers
    Soap Makers
    Solvent Makers
    Styrene Makers
    Tobacco Seedling Treaters
    Type Cleaners
    Varnish Makers
    Wax Makers

Benzene Exposure Side Effects

Breathing very high levels of benzene can result in death. High levels of benzene exposure can cause drowsiness, dizziness, rapid heart rate, headaches, tremors, confusion, and unconsciousness. Eating or drinking foods containing high levels of benzene can cause vomiting, irritation of the stomach, dizziness, sleepiness, convulsions, rapid heart rate, and death.

The major effect of benzene from long-term exposure is on the blood. Benzene causes harmful effects on the bone marrow and can cause a decrease in red blood cells leading to anemia. It can also cause excessive bleeding and can affect the immune system, increasing the chance for infection.

Long-term exposure to high levels of benzene in the air and especially dermal contact can cause leukemia, particularly acute myelogenous leukemia, often referred to as AML. This is a bllod cancer of the blood-forming organs in particular in the bone marrow where blood cells originate. The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has determined that benzene is a known human carcinogen. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the EPA have determined that benzene is carcinogenic to humans.

Toxic Benzene Exposure Side Effects

There are acute (short-term) and chronic (long-term) side effects to a person being exposed to the chemical benzene. Benzene has been linked to the following:

  • Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL)
  • Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML)
  • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)
  • Aplastic Anemia (AA)
  • Hairy Cell Leukemia (HCL)
  • Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)
  • Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (NHL)
  • Multiple Myeloma(MM)
  • Blood Cancers,
  • Bone Marrow Cancers
  • Bladder Cancers
  • Myelofibrosis and Myeloid Metaplasia
  • Thrombocytopenic Purpura

Benzene Lawsuits – Talk to a Benzene Lawyer

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), or non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) then you need to consult with an attorney to discuss a potential benzene exposure lawsuit. Talk to a Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Lawyer, certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, with 39+ years of experience. Call 1-800-883-9858 or click the link below.

Products with Benzene Exposure:
Jet Fuel and Aviation Fuel
Solvents and Degreasers used by automotive mechanics
Bulk refined petroleum products on barges
Denture Adhesives (some)
Brake Cleaning Products
Engine and turbine workers
Paint Thinners and Solvents House painters
Solvents in Industrial plants
Barge Products Maritime workers
Newspaper Print Chemicals
Solvents and Drilling Fluids
Synthetic rubber

Other Benzene Containing Products:
WD 40 Solvent Spray
Liquid Wrench Degreaser
Rust-Ban 392
Sunoco Household Oil
3-In-One Electric Motor Oil
Creosote Lumber
Creosote Railroad Ties
3-In-One Household Oil
Gardner Blacktop Driveway Sealer
Gardner EZ STIR Filler Sealer
Parks Furniture Refinisher
Parks Adhesive Remover
Parks Mineral Spirits Paint Thinner
Parks Lacquer Thinner
Parks Brush Cleaner
Parks PRO liquid Paint Stripper
Parks liquid Strip
Parks Lacquer Thinner 6/13/97
Parks Adhesive Remover 9/4/98
Parks liquid Deglosser 9/4/98
Gumoutregane Premium Gas Treatment
Gumoutxtra 1 Tank Carb Cleaner
Gumouttune Up Spray
Gumoutcarb/Fuel Injector Cleaner (Aerosol)
Gumoutcarb/Fuel Injector Cleaner (liquid)
Gumoutdiesel Fuel System Cleaner
Gumoutcold Weather Diesel Treatment
Gumoutliquid Intake Cleaner
Champion Carb. Cleaner
Champion Flush Off Degreaser
Champion Brake Cleaner
Champion Cold Galvanize
Champion Galv Off
Champion CS+
Champion N/F 4 Way Penetrating Oil
Champion Stainless Steel Cleaner
Champion X It Out Vandal Mark Remover
Champion Super Lubricant
Champion Spray Paint
Champion Flying Insect Killer
Champion Fire Ant Killer
Champion Multi Insect/lice Killer
Champion Indoor Insect Fogger
Champion Ant & Roach
Champion Metered Insecticide
Bonide Grass, Weed & Vegetation Killer
Ortho Weed-B-Gone
Staffel's Screwwork Compound-U.S.
Martin's Formula No. 62 Screw Work Smear for Horses and Mules
Thoroseal Redi Mix Paint
VM & P Naptha



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    NOTE: If you have been exposed to any refined petroleum products or chemicals containing benzene, toluene, xylene, naphtha or any aromatic hydrocarbon at a chemical plant, refinery or used a benzene-containing product and later diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia, AML Leukemia, Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS), Aplastic Anemia (AA), Multiple Myeloma (MM), or Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (NHL), or CLL then you may have a right to file a benzene exposure lawsuit. Call for a Free Confidential Consultation. Do Not Delay. Some states have filing dealings or statutes of limitations that expire as short as one year from the date of diagnosis and/or other strict conditions. Talk to a benzene exposure lawyer and get the help you and your family deserve. 

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