Millions of Workers Exposed to Organic Solvents

Organic solvents are substances that are capable of dissolving or disbursing other substances. Millions of workers are exposed to organic solvents even though some of them are recognized by NIOSH as carcinogens. These include benzene, carbon tetrachloride, and trichloroethylene. Some organic solvents have reproductive hazards while others are detrimental to the central nervous system. Extensive research has been done by the Center for Disease Control and other agencies to determine target organs for solvents.

This information might be useful to your physician as well as a complete occupational history of on-the-job exposure to solvents and other toxins.

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