This course develops employees' general awareness of the risks, regulatory requirements, and worker protections that apply to personnel who work with or may be exposed to benzene.
Key Learning Objectives:
- Define benzene and identify work sites where workers may be exposed
- Describe the hazards posed by benzene and benzene exposure, common routes of exposure, and health effects
- Explain how to prevent benzene exposure using the Hierarchy of Controls and OSHA compliance
Online Course Details
||OSHA (29 CFR 1910.1028(j)(3))
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What is Benzene?
A known carcinogen, benzene is one of the twenty most-produced chemicals in the United States (by volume). Benzene is extremely flammable, smells sweet, and is a light-yellow or colorless liquid at room temperature. Benzene is used to manufacture plastics, detergents, pesticides, chemicals, and as a component of petroleum- or coal-based products.
Short term exposure to benzene can cause drowsiness, dizziness, unconsciousness, and death. Long term exposure can affect human bone marrow and blood and can lead to development of and death from leukemia.