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Butadiene (1,3-Butadiene) is an important industrial chemical used in the production of synthetic rubber. Three billion pounds of butadiene are produced in the U.S. every year whereas the global production is 12 billion pounds.

Health issues linked to butadiene

Human epidemiological studies on butadiene carried out over the years show increased risks of serious adverse health effects. Butadiene exposure can damage the central nervous system. Blurred vision, vertigo, general tiredness, decreased blood pressure, headache, nausea, decreased pulse rate, and fainting may be observed as symptoms of this damage.

Many studies conclude that butadiene exposure can result in cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Animal data indicate the carcinogenic effects of the chemical may have a higher sensitivity to women over men when exposed to butadiene. Animal studies have also proved that breathing butadiene during pregnancy can increase the number of birth defects.

Most of the butadiene exposure occurs in the workplace in industries such as rubber and latex production, agricultural fungicides, production of raw material for nylon, petroleum refining, secondary lead smelting, water treatment etc. A survey conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) from 1981 to 1983 states that 51,971 workers, including 1,411 women, at 2,201 facilities were potentially exposed to butadiene.

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