Benzene poses the greatest risk to workers using petroleum solvents containing benzene. Although using benzene in the U.S. as a solvent has been banned for many years now, workers using solvents continue to be exposed to benzene because it is still present in some degree in most petroleum solvents. The workers can develop benzene poisoning through inhalation of the vapors evaporating from the solvent and by absorbing it through their skin by handling materials soaked with the solvents.
The consequences of exposure to benzene can be deadly. Benzene has been shown to cause rare forms of leukemia, including acute myelogenous leukemia, acute lympohcytic leukemia, and chronic myelogenous leukemia. Contacting our experienced and proven benzene attorneys can allow you to collect compensation for the potentially fatal health conditions that benzene is known to cause.
Workers at Risk For Exposure to Benzene:
Workplace Benzene Exposure Limits
NIOSH - The recommended airborne exposure limit is 0.1 ppm averaged over a 10-hour workshift and 1 ppm not to be exceeded during any 15-minute work period.
ACGIH - The recommended airborne exposure limit is 0.5 ppm averaged over an 8-hour workshift and 2.5 ppm as a short-term exposure limit.
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Other encounters Niemann had with benzene was at a concrete pool where hydrocarbons are skimmed from wastewater and the company did not require a respirator. Respirators and gloves were also withheld in various different positions. At other plants Niemann encountered gasoline, containing benzene, with open streams. The plant officials would inform the employees that if a chemical got on them they had to take a shower. The plant would spray them with various things and the employees never gave it a second thought according to Niemann.
Niemann thinks that a contract worker doesnt have a chance when becoming informed about chemical hazards in the workplace. When Niemann found out he had acute myelogenous leukemia his platelet count dropped from an already decreased 52,000 to an almost fatal 11,000 and his weight fell from 140 to 111. Although his acute myelogenous leukemia is in remission, experts say it takes five years to prove an individual is over it. The acute myelogenous leukemia left Niemann with a substantially altered decreased mental and physical state. -Houston Chronicle, Fall 1994
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Individual Rights And Exposure to Benzene
Reducing Benzene Risk In the Workplace
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