Benzene

What Is Benzene?

Benzene is a clear liquid chemical with a sweet smell, and it is very widely used in a range of products. This means that most people are exposed to this chemical in some form or another daily. However, this chemical can have deadly effects on those who are exposed to it for long periods of time or in high levels. Benzene has been classified as a Class A carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA considers Class A carcinogens as pollutants with adequate data indicating that the chemical causes cancer in people.

Where Can You Come In Contact With Benzene?

There are a number of sources of benzene exposure. Sources include products such as solvents, detergents, plastics, synthetic fibers, dyes, rubber, resins, paint and cigarette smoke. Benzene is one of the most common industrial chemicals used in the United States today. It ranks in the top-20 chemicals for production by volume.

Those at highest risk of prolonged or high-level exposure are people who work with chemicals or petroleum. People who work with petroleum and chemical-based solvents are classed at high risk because they make contact by inhaling the vapors found in the solvent products as well as by making contact through skin exposure. Those who work in these fields should be made aware of the hazards of working with this chemical.

Health Disorders Caused By Prolonged Exposure To Benzene

Benzene is known to be responsible for a number of health disorders, and it is linked with various types of leukemia, respiratory problems, skin problems and blood disorders. Cancers linked to benzene exposure include acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), hairy cell leukemia (HCL), non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), Hodgkin's disease, multiple myeloma and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS).

How Reich & Binstock Can Help

Anyone who has been diagnosed with one of the aforementioned disorders and who has been exposed to benzene should contact one of the benzene exposure attorneys at Reich & Binstock. The experienced attorneys at Reich & Binstock will examine whether there is an entitlement to compensation in a free case evaluation. It costs nothing and there is no obligation to start the consultation process.

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