The importance of monitoring benzene

by Emily Lane 12 February 2018 Benzene
The importance of monitoring benzene

 

Why is monitoring benzene important?

Unlike other health and safety hazards, the only way to carry out a risk assessment for benzene exposure is to monitor quantitatively. Like other volatile organic compounds (VOCs), benzene evaporates easily and most people can just detect its distinctive ‘aromatic’ smell at concentration between 2.5 and 5 parts per million (ppm) in air but regulatory occupational exposure limits (OEL) are typically 1 ppm. However the ‘direction of travel’ for the OEL is towards 0.1 ppm and knowing that benzene is a hazardous, carcinogenic chemical, it is imperative that the measurement solution is sensitive and accurate.

It must also be capable of operating in harsh process plant environments in the likely presence of dirt, dust, high humidity and interference from other VOC/aromatic compounds.

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