Benzene is a type of volatile organic compound (VOC) that can cause serious health complications. Commonly found in products like gasoline, rubber, plastics, and paints, benzene exposure can occur through inhalation or absorption through the skin.
Benzene is a colorless liquid made up of hydrocarbons. It has a sweet smell and is flammable. In its purest form, benzene can be found in combustion fumes from vehicles or burning wood. However, when mixed with other chemicals such as chlorine or sulfur dioxide, it becomes even more dangerous.
Exposure to benzene can lead to a range of symptoms, including headaches, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, fatigue, and confusion. Long-term exposure can lead to anemia, bone marrow damage, liver damage, and an increased risk of certain types of cancer, such as leukemia and lymphoma.
Inhaling high concentrations can result in unconsciousness or death due to respiratory depression. Immediate medical attention should be sought if you experience any symptoms related to benzene exposure.
Treatment for exposure depends on the severity of the symptoms. If exposed to high levels of benzene through inhalation or ingestion, you will need urgent medical attention as soon as possible.
To reduce the risk of long-term health effects associated with low-level exposure over time, you should avoid further contact with benzene by wearing protective clothing and using adequate ventilation. If long-term exposure has already occurred, then your doctor may recommend blood transfusions or medication, depending on individual circumstances.
Benzene can be found in many common household items, such as glues, paints, and detergents, but also in fuels, like gasoline. It is also present in cigarette smoke, so those who regularly smoke cigarettes are at greater risk for developing health issues related to benzene exposure. Additionally, some workplaces may have higher levels of benzene due to regular fueling activities, so workers should take extra caution when entering these environments by wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
Exposure to benzene can be life-threatening in certain cases. To discuss your legal options if you have been harmed by benzene, speak with one of our Wilmington environmental lawyers at Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. Call us at 302-656-5445 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. Located in Wilmington and Millsboro, Delaware, we serve clients in Dover, New Castle County, and Sussex County.