If you work in biotechnology, the oil industry or farming, you may come into contact with toxic chemicals during the workday. It is not only challenging to detect the presence and quantity of these chemicals, but exposure could have life-changing consequences. We often represent clients Oklahoma with claims involving illnesses resulting from exposure to toxic substances.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, benzene is a natural component of cigarette smoke, crude oil and gasoline. It is among the most widely produced chemicals in the United States, as it is also an ingredient used in making synthetic fibers, dyes, drugs and pesticides.
Where you may become exposed to benzene
Colorless or light yellow when in liquid form, benzene is highly flammable and has a sweet odor. Exposure can occur in a broad range of situations. Outdoor air contains low levels of the chemical due to exhaust from vehicles, industrial emissions, gas stations and tobacco smoke. The air inside your home or commercial buildings occurs due to chemicals used to make furniture (i.e., glue and paint) and detergents.
If you work in an industry that uses or produces Benzene, your proximity, amount of time spent near the substances and chemical levels can affect your long-term health after days, months or years of exposure.
Affects and symptoms of benzene exposure
Benzene affects the way your cells work. It can cause insufficient production of red blood cells, damage your immune system and cause the loss of white blood cells. Breathing in high levels of Benzene could result in dizziness, headaches, drowsiness, confusion or tremors. Ingesting foods or beverages that contain high levels of this toxic chemical can also cause vomiting, rapid heartbeat or death.
If you have severe health issues due to exposure to benzene or other toxic chemicals, an experienced advocate can help you file a worker’s compensation or third-party claim. This can help ensure you get the medical benefits you deserve.