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Styrene

Overview

Styrene is primarily a synthetic chemical that is used extensively in the manufacture of plastics, rubber, and resins. It is also known as vinylbenzene, ethenylbenzene, cinnamene, or phenylethylene. Many workers, including those who make boats, tubs, and showers, are potentially exposed to styrene. Health effects from exposure to styrene may involve the central nervous system and include complaints of headache, fatigue, dizziness, confusion, drowsiness, malaise, difficulty in concentrating, and a feeling of intoxication..

Standards

Exposures to styrene are addressed in specific OSHA standards for general industry and construction.

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Hazard Recognition

Provides references that aid in recognizing occupational hazards and health effects associated with styrene.

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Evaluating Exposure

Provides information on evaluating occupational exposures to styrene.

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Possible Solutions

Provides possible solutions for styrene hazards in the workplace.

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Additional Resources

Provides links and references to additional resources related to exposures styrene.

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