Benzene is a powerful chemical sometimes used to remove grease and dirt from glass and metal. Great care should be taken – it's highly toxic and hazardous.
Benzene safety tips:
Work in a well-ventilated space, preferably outside
Benzene is highly flammable, so keep it away from heat, flames or sparks
Wear impermeable gloves to avoid skin contact with liquid benzene
If you’ve inhaled benzene and experience any worrying symptoms, remove yourself from further exposure to where you can breathe fresh air, and call your doctor immediately.
If you get liquid benzene on your skin, wash it off immediately with soap and water.
- Olivia Rose-Innes, EnviroHealth Editor, Health24, May 2012
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