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Benzene is a chemical that is a liquid that is clear, colorless, and smells sweet. It is a naturally occurring chemical that can be formed through the actions of volcanoes or forest fires. Benzene is flammable and it evaporates easily into the air. Most benzene exposure is due to human activities, usually in the workplace.
Benzene exposure has been linked to some forms of leukemia, as well as other health issues. For most people, exposure happens in the workplace through inhaling benzene fumes. As benzene evaporates so quickly, it is uncommon for skin exposure to cause much harm. This exposure is preventable and workplace exposure is most often negligent.
As well as being linked to leukemia and other cancers of the blood cells, benzene exposure can have both short-term and long-term health effects. High doses can cause dizziness, drowsiness, and even unconsciousness when breathed in. If swallowed, it can cause stomach irritation and vomiting.
If you have been exposed to benzene and are experiencing any effects, you should speak to your doctor, as well as seek legal advice. Employers should provide safety equipment and protection from benzene exposure. An experienced benzene attorney can help you get support and assistance, as well as claim compensation from your employer. If you are suffering as a result of benzene exposure in the workplace, you should contact an attorney immediately.