Has benzene been banned?

While benzene in pure form was banned by the federal government 20 years ago, the chemical is still used to manufacture plastic and solvents. Furthermore, benzene was banned from household products, including toys.

answered by Gregory A. Cade

Benzene was withdrawn from consumer products in 1978

The general population cannot purchase benzene in the country. Still, industrial workers handling the chemical have a safe exposure limit, which is 1 ppm during an 8-hour workday, 40-hour workweek, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. However, even when the strict 1 ppm limit is followed, exposure for a lifetime of work is estimated to lead to 5 excess leukemia deaths per 1000 employees exposed. Considering the prevalent use of benzene in developing countries, this equates to millions of avoidable deaths.

Naturally, the chemical industry makes use of the largest amount of benzene at the moment. It is found in crude oil and is a major part of gasoline. Benzene is used to make plastic, resins, synthetic fibers, rubber lubricants, dyes, detergents, drugs, and pesticides. Nevertheless, everyone can agree that the chemical should not be anywhere near personal care products manufacturing, such as sunscreen. The fact that so many companies have tainted their products with the chemical demonstrates gross negligence.

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