Clinical Use: Testing may be used to determine occupational exposure or accidental inhalation.
Background: Benzene, or benzol, is an organic chemical compound, it is a colourless and highly flammable liquid. It is a known carcinogen, its use as an additive in gasoline is now limited, but it is an important industrial solvent and precursor in the production of drugs, plastics, synthetic rubber, and dyes. Benzene is a natural constituent of crude oil, and may be synthesized from other compounds present in petroleum.
Reference Ranges:
Associated Diseases:
Patient Preparation: None required
Specimen Requirements: Whole blood EDTA
Turnaround Time: 2 weeks
Additional Information: Urine S-phenol-mercapturic acid is the benzene metabolite of choice for monitoring exposure to benzene (t ½ <25h) – random sample in plain container. Buxton will also measure PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) on a random urine sample.
Referred Test: Referred test
Location: Health and Safety Laboratory