Four decades ago, the United States government used rarely deployed emergency powers to reduce workers’ exposure to benzene, a chemical linked to a five-fold increase in the risk of developing potentially deadly leukaemia.After a landmark study in 1977 highlighted its health risks, employers and manufacturers were forced to limit the industrial compound in their workplaces. Yet just within the past few months, elevated levels of benzene have appeared in some hand sanitisers, and an analysis by…



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