Ethylbenzene is an organic compound that is an essential ingredient for making common plastics. It has a gasoline-like smell and small amounts can be found in crude oil. While it is a natural compound, it’s also mass-produced in order to make styrene, an ingredient for plastics and some paints.
Symptoms of short-term exposure include:
- Mild eye and respiratory irritation
Long-term exposure to ethylbenzene may result in damage to the liver, kidneys, eyes, and central nervous system.