Benzene Containing Products
Benzene is an aromatic hydrocarbon. Benzene warnings in the work place have been in place for over 30 years, howevere many workers are still exposed to to benzene when working with refined petroleum products and chemicals including crude oil, toluene, jet fuel, naphtha, xylene, aviation fuel, gasoline or other aromatic hydrocarbons. Most workers come into contact with benzene by breathing it into their lungs or absorbing it through their skin 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.
Products with High-Risk 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
Benzene Exposure Side Effects
Breathing very high levels of benzene vapors can result in death. High levels of benzene exposure can cause drowsiness, dizziness, rapid heart rate, headaches, tremors, confusion, and unconsciousness. Benzene MSDS sheets warn of benzene exposure to users of modern benzene containing products. The major effect of benzene from long-term exposure (vapor or dermal) 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 or dermal exposure to one's skin can cause leukemia, particularly acute myelogenous leukemia, often referred to as AML. This is a blood cancer of the blood-forming organs. The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has determined that benzene is a known 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)
•Hairy Cell Leukemia (HCL)
•Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)
•Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (NHL)
•Interstitial Lung Diseases
•Myelofibrosis and Myeloid Metaplasia
Benzene Exposure Lawsuit – Talk to a Benzene Lawyer
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), Aplastic Anemia, Multiple Myelomas, 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 30+ years of experience. Call 1-800-883-9858 or click the link below.