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CAS Number: 71-43-2
Chemical Profile for BENZENE (CAS Number: 71-43-2)
Human Health Hazards
Chemical Use Profile
Rank Chemicals by Reported Environmental Releases in the United States
Basic Testing to Identify Chemical Hazards
Information Needed for Safety Assessment
Human Health Hazards
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Recognized: Carcinogen P65
Developmental Toxicant P65
Reproductive Toxicant P65
Suspected: Cardiovascular or Blood Toxicant EPA-HEN HAZMAP LADO MALA OEHHA-CREL RTECS STAC
Endocrine Toxicant RTECS
Gastrointestinal or Liver Toxicant RTECS
Immunotoxicant ATSDR IPCS
Neurotoxicant ATSDR DAN EPA-HEN HAZMAP OEHHA-CREL RTECS
Respiratory Toxicant EPA-HEN RTECS
Skin or Sense Organ Toxicant EPA-HEN RTECS
Originally posted by groingrinder
Why are these men harvesting seafood for the rest of us to eat from the same water that is making them sick? Do they not care?
Gulf oil spill: human health effects debated
...There certainly is potential for hazard. Crude oil contains a brew of substances dangerous to human health, including chemicals such as benzene that are known to cause cancer in humans, and others that are toxic to the brain and central nervous system, such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.
“There is overwhelming evidence that many of the compounds found in crude oil are dangerous,” said James Giordano, director of the Center for Neurotechnology Studies at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies in Arlington, Va. “It will be important to have a regional and national public health effort to assess the health impact.”
A lot of the hazard will depend on the degree of exposure — placing cleanup workers, not surprisingly, at the highest risk. Brief contact with crude oil is not considered harmful, but sustained exposure or high enough doses of the chemicals can sicken people rapidly, said Dr. Cyrus Rangan, assistant medical director for the California Poison Control System.
“If you breathe them or ingest them or absorb them through skin they can cause headaches, fatigue, dizziness, even changes in mental status,” Rangan said. “The severity depends on how much you are exposed to. The longer you out there and being exposed, the higher the risk.”...
Gulf Oil Spill Sending Cleanup Workers to Hospitals
...A recent Business Week article noted that the Unified Command in Louisiana recalled 125 boats last week after it received complaints from cleanup crew members that they felt ill. Dr. Gina Solomon, a senior scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council, commented that “The reports that we’ve heard from hospitals and doctors have been [that the symptoms are due to] inhaled irritant exposure.” So far, however, the exact substances responsible for the symptoms have not been identified. Workers are blaming the dispersants.
The two dispersants used by BP, Corexit EC9500A and Corexit EC9527A, are either comparable or up to 20 times more toxic than a dozen other dispersants on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) approved list of dispersants, according to a recent Christian Science Monitor article. At the urging of the EPA, BP reduced its use of dispersants.
On Thursday, May 27, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson told a House subcommittee that BP used less than 12,000 gallons of dispersants the day before, down from 70,000 gallons four days prior. Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA), chairman of the Energy and Environmental Subcommittee, noted that “The effect of long-term use of dispersants on the marine ecosystem has not been extensively studied, and we need to act with the utmost of caution.”
Dr. Robert Emery, vice president for safety, health, environment and risk management at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, told Business Week that “There’s no doubt that people are getting sick out there [in the Gulf of Mexico].” What remains is identifying exactly what is causing the symptoms...
2010 Oil Spill-BP Gulf Of Mexico Oil Spill and Health Concerns
2010 Oil Spill-BP Gulf Of Mexico Oil Spill and Health Concerns. We all know that the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is going to wreak havoc on the environment, but what many people may not realize is that it can affect the health of people as well. Didn’t you ever wonder why people cleaning up the oil spill wear hazmat suits.
Louisiana health officials have reported that there have been 71 reports of oil-spill related illnesses. 50 of those illnesses come form oil rigs and cleanup efforts and 8 of the reported illnesses required hospitalization.
Symptoms of oil-spill related illness range from scratchy throats and nausea to severe flu-like symptoms and chest pains.
If you breath in oil fumes, and experience symptoms they should go away if you go inside and stop breathing air affected by the oil fumes. If the symptoms don’t go away, it’s advised that you seek medical care.
The oil spill is devastating across a variety of elements. It negatively impacts the environment, delicate ecosystems, complete industries and devastates economies. In addition it closes beaches, and kills animals and hurts the health of people.
However, if this is true, then why are we not overwhelmed with it from the burning of oil in our vehicles?
Imagine that you are a woman living on or near the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. Perhaps, you are pregnant or hope to be soon. And, perhaps, your partner is one of the fishermen who has been helping to clean up from the BP oil disaster. He comes home at night coughing and barely able to breath and his skin is irritated from contact with the oil.
Will exposure to the toxic chemicals in the oil and/or in the dispersants damage his sperm or your eggs, perhaps making it difficult to conceive? Could the chemicals damage the embryo you already carry, cause a miscarriage or birth defects? Is your newborn baby or young child at particular risk? Should pregnant women and children living near the Gulf take special precautions? And what if you don't even live anywhere near the gulf, could your reproductive health be impacted as well?
Originally posted by mommychristmas
has anyone seen this new spill? do you think it will make the water in the area toxic like the oil from the spill is?