Acrolein Exposure: Overview

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:38 by admin
Generally, acrolein appears as a clear or yellow liquid with a pungent odor. Acrolein is used in the production of pesticides and other chemicals. The substance burns easily and small amounts of acrolein can enter the air when organic matter such as plants (including tobacco), and fuels such as gasoline and oil are burned. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies acrolein as a toxic substance.

Acrolein changes from liquid to vapor very quickly, especially when heated. Acrolein may be found in the air, water and soil surrounding hazardous waste sites where the substance is not stored properly.

Human acrolein exposure can occur in many different ways. From tobacco smoke to automobile exhaust, acrolein is prevalent in the environment. There is concern that children may be exposed to unacceptable levels of acrolein from fumes inhaled while riding school busses. Residents living or working in close proximity to oil or coal fired power plants may also be exposed to elevated levels of acrolein. In addition, because acrolein is formed when fats are heated, small amounts may be found in fried foods, cooking oils, and roasted coffee.

According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, the effects of exposure to acrolein are largely unknown. As with exposure to any harmful substance, the adverse effects depend upon the amount and duration of such exposure. Some suspect that acrolein may play a role in the development of certain cancers, birth defects, or fertility problems.

See your doctor if you have experienced serious health problems due to acrolein exposure. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

See Also

  1. Toxic & Hazardous Substances
  2. Birth Defects
  3. Cancer
  4. Female Infertility
  5. Acrolein: Frequently Asked Questions
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