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What is it?
Toluene is a volatile organic compound which is made of carbon and hydrogen. This organic compound is a clear, colourless liquid at room temperate and pressure. It can be found naturally in fossil fuels e.g. crude oil or coal. One of the major use of toluene is a fuel additive in motor vehicles and it is a good solvent in paints, coatings, adhesives and cleaning agents, etc. It is also used as a starting material to synthesise other chemicals and polymers.
Short-term exposure to toluene can cause headaches, dizziness and loss of coordination or hearing. It is also an irritant to eyes and noses. Toluene is harmful to the nervous system and children are especially vulnerable to this toxic. Immune system, kidneys and liver can be affected by toluene exposure as well.
Toluene is widely used in various industries. It can be commonly found in chemical products e.g. paints, paint thinners, inks. It can also be found in different consumer products e.g. adhesive tape, polystyrene-based resins buttons, products made of synthetic leather.
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