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Benzene Exposure

How might I be Exposed to Benzene?

Benzene Inhalation of Outdoor Air contains low levels of benzene from tobacco smoke, automobile service stations, exhaust from motor vehicles, and industrial emissions.

Benzene Inhalation of Indoor Air generally contains higher levels of benzene from products that contain it such as glues, paints, furniture wax, and detergents.

Benzene Inhalation around Hazardous Waste Sites Air around hazardous waste sites or gas stations will contain higher levels of benzene.

Benzene Poisoning of Well Water Leakage from underground storage tanks or from hazardous waste sites containing benzene can result in benzene contamination of well water.

Work-related Benzene Poisoning Workers who refine benzene or are involved in its distribution and workers exposed to gasoline and low-boiling solvents are typically exposed to the highest levels of benzene today.

Benzene (C6H6)

Occupations with Benzene Exposure

  • Painting
  • Gasoline
  • Gas Station Attendants
  • Printing
  • Gluing Leather (shoes)
  • Petrochemical Plants
  • Rubber Transportation
  • Petroleum Refining
  • Organic Solvents

General Exposure to Benzene

  • Household Solvents Automobiles Auto Exhaust Storage Sites
  • Hazardous Waste Sites Industrial Facilities Smoking
  • Marking
  • Pens
  • Paints
  • Tapes
  • Food


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