Benzene exposures mainly occur through two means or methods:
- inhalation, when benzene fumes are breathed in; and,
- dermal absorption, when benzene comes in contact with the skin.
Many people are exposed to small amounts of benzene in their everyday lives through cigarette smoke, air pollution, and contact with gasoline, but these exposures usually do not have the serious health effects which are common to the excessive benzene exposures experienced by various workers.
Exposures to high levels of benzene frequently occur in the work place or at the job site, and particular types of workers are more likely to experience unsafe benzene exposures.
Long-term inhalation of benzene fumes is the most harmful method of exposure, and is unfortunately quite common in many different types of industries.
Prolonged exposure to substantial amounts of benzene can cause serious health effects, including leukemia as well as other cancers and diseases.
- Overview of Benzene Exposures
- How to File a Benzene Workers Comp Claim
- Filing Deadline for NC Benzene Workers Comp Claims
- Benzene-Related Diseases
- Workers Exposed to Benzene
- Benzene Exposure in Industries
- Benzene-Containing Products
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Benzene Cancer Resources