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Ethyl benzene (CAS 100-41-4) is a colourless flammable liquid with a petrol-like odour. It is a monocyclic aromatic hydrocarbon. It is mainly used in the manufacture of styrene and other chemicals.

Examples of other work activities involving ethyl benzene that require special attention include:

  • oil and gas extraction
  • coal tar and petroleum processing facilities
  • manufacturing of styrene
  • manufacture and use of chemicals containing ethyl benzene including paints, varnishes, solvents, carpet glue, ink and pesticides containing ethyl benzene
  • motor vehicle refinishing

This guide provides information for those registered medical practitioners engaged by a PCBU to carry out or supervise health monitoring for workers. This guidance should be read in conjunction with the following:

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