Every business involved in the oil and gas industry should be investing in the latest gas detection expertise according to Steve Billingham, CEO of Duvas Technologies, who believes a current lawsuit in the US will have significant repercussions for the global petrochemical sector
Benzene is a highly dangerous, carcinogenic compound. It’s used both domestically and industrially and contributes to the 5.5 million deaths caused by air pollution each year. Although frequently referred to as the ‘next asbestos’, benzene has yet to attain the level of global awareness that its predecessor now enjoys. This needs to change, and fast.
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Research from the World Health Organisation (WHO) has identified benzene exposure risks from numerous occupational and domestic products, such as motor fuels, solvents and crude petroleum. Exposure can be exacerbated by high-risk industrial activities, such as processing petroleum products, coking coal or producing toluene, xylene and other aromatic compounds.
According to statistics from the Department of Health and Human Services in the US, more than 238,000 people are occupationally exposed to benzene every day. High levels of the chemical have been found in 1,000 of the 1,684 most serious hazardous waste sites in the US. Traces have also been identified in car exhausts, tobacco smoke
and household detergents.