What are the sources of benzene?
Air contains small amounts of benzene. The sources of benzene include automobile exhausts and service facilities, tobacco smoke, paints, detergents, waxes and glues, forest fires etc. Benzene is a naturally occurring compound in crude oil and natural gas. What happens to benzene when it enters the environment? Benzene does not build up in the environment, it degrades to form simpler organic compounds. This degradation is faster in the air than in water or soil. How might I be exposed to benzene? Benzene can enter the body through inhalation, skin contact, ingestion or eye contact. People working in an industry where they work with benzene on a regular basis face the maximum exposure. What are the health effects of benzene? Over exposure to benzene (such as breathing benzene vapors) can cause one to become dizzy or unconscious. Ingestion induces stomach irritation, vomiting etc. Excessive exposure can cause death. Prolonged exposure to benzene (over 365 days) adversely affects the produ