Benzene Sources: Where It Can Be Found

Benzene is developed through natural process and human interventions. Below is the list of procedures, products, industries, activities, occupations, and places where you can find benzene:

Natural Processes That Produce Benzene

Forest fires
Volcanic activities

Products Containing Benzene

  • Gasoline and other fuels
  • Detergents
  • Glues
  • Inks
  • Rubbers
  • Industrial solvents
  • Paint, lacquer, and varnish removers
  • Furniture wax
  • Thinners
  • Industrial cleaning and degreasing formulations
  • Adhesive and coatings

Activities/Uses Involving Benzene

  • Chemicals used to make: Plastics, Resins, Nylon and synthetic fibers
  • Making types of  Rubbers, Detergents, Dyes, Lubricants, Pharmaceutical drugs, Agricultural chemicals such as pesticides
  • Dry cleaning
  • Burning coal and oil
  • Painting and lithography
  • Emissions of motor vehicle exhaust

Industries Using Benzene

  • Petroleum refining
  • Petrochemical manufacturing
  • Shoe manufacturing
  • Coke and coal chemical manufacturing
  • Plastics and rubber manufacturing
  • Gasoline storage, shipment, and retail operations
  • Rubber tire manufacturing

Occupations/People Who May Be Exposed to Benzene

  • Gasoline service station workers
  • Shoemakers
  • Steelworkers
  • Laboratory technicians
  • Rubber workers
  • Printers

Places Where Benzene May Be Found

  • Contaminated/polluted well water as a consequence of benzene leakages from underground storage tanks or harmful waste sites with benzene
  • The air around the waste sites and gas service stations

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