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Benzene, believed to be carcinogenic, is an aromatic hydrocarbon produced by burning natural products and fossil fuels. Benzene is used in the manufacture of plastics, detergents, pesticides, and other chemicals. Information Source: U.S. OSHA.

Health Implications

Individuals with 5-30 years exposure to benzene have developed and died from leukemia. Long-term exposure may affect bone marrow and blood production. Short-term exposure to high levels of benzene can cause drowsiness, dizziness, unconsciousness, and death. Information Source: U.S. OSHA.

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