California Residents Reminded of Health Concerns Due to Benzene
LA Testing offers testing services to identify benzene and help prevent human exposure to this known human carcinogen.
Garden Grove, CA, July 8th, 2013
Since 1987, benzene has been listed on California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, better known by its original name of Proposition 65. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has also classified benzene as a known human carcinogen for all routes of exposure.
Benzene is a colorless liquid with a sweet odor. It evaporates into the air very quickly and dissolves slightly in water. It is highly flammable and is formed from both natural processes and human activities.
Benzene is widely used in the United States and ranks in the top 20 chemicals for production volume. Some industries use benzene to make other chemicals which are used to make plastics, resins, and nylon and other synthetic fibers. Benzene is also used to make some types of rubbers, lubricants, dyes, detergents, drugs and pesticides. It is also a component of crude oil, gasoline and cigarette smoke. Natural sources of benzene include emissions from volcanoes and forest fires.
People can also be exposed to benzene vapors from products that contain the chemical, such as glues, paints, furniture wax and detergents; from air around hazardous waste sites or gas stations; and working in industries that make or use benzene. People working in industries that make or use benzene may be at greatest risk to high levels of exposure.
One company that has been at the forefront of helping to test for benzene is LA Testing. “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, indoor air generally contains higher levels of benzene than what is found in outdoor air,” reported Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Garden Grove facility. “It’s presence in indoor air comes from products that contain benzene such as glues, paints, furniture wax, detergents and cigarette smoke. Benzene can even enter homes from cars idling in garages or near open windows. Benzene can also leak from underground storage tanks or from hazardous waste sites containing benzene that can contaminate well water. LA Testing provides benzene testing services to help identify this chemical and prevent human exposure,” he continued.
LA Testing has sponsored a video about benzene exposure risks at home and work that can be seen at: http://youtu.be/wqByUP13-Hk
To learn more about testing for benzene or other environmental and indoor air quality (IAQ) issues, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794.
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