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Benzene – C6H6

This page presents information on benzene (C6H6): properties, toxicity, effects on health, appropriate detection means – personal benzene monitor or fixed benzene gas detector – and proper respiratory protective equipment (gas mask or powered air purifying respirator with an A gas filter).

benzene gas detector and benzene respiratory protection for better safety

Benzene properties

Benzene (C6H6) is a volatile organic compound from monocyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. It composes fuels at 1%, particularly unleaded gasoline. It is also applied in other sectors like perfumeries as a solvent or in chemical industries as a synthesis intermediate for a large range of chemical products (rubber, solvent, food additives).

CASTWA (8 hours)STEL (15 minutes)LELIPDensity / AirFilter / Air
71-43-21.0 ppm5.0 ppm1.2 %9.24 eV2.7A

Benzene effects on health

The IARC* classified benzene as a category 1 carcinogenic agent (R45/49). This substance may also cause heritable genetic damage (R46). When ingested or inhaled, this organic compound is harmful to the breathing tracts – particularly dangerous for lungs (R65) but also for the eyes (R36) as well. In case of prolonged exposure, ingestion, inhalation or contact with the skin, benzene can lead to severe consequences on health (R48/23/24/25).

 
*IARC: International Agency for Research on Cancer (depends on WHO World Health Organization)

Benzene effects on health - C6H6 exposure and toxicity chart

Benzene effects on health (C6H6)

Benzene gas detector ( C6H6 )

Despite being detectable through smell, only a benzene monitor can accurately measure concentrations of this gas. Moreover, even if benzene is explosive at 1.2 % volume, LEL detection would be pointless with this highly toxic gas. Ppb or ppm benzene detection is more relevant.

The Pac 8000 OV can monitor many gases and organic vapors. The device is waterproof and ideally adapts to the harshest conditions.

  • Organic vapors detector PAC 8000 OV by Drager
  • Water and dust proof
  • Detects many gases and organic vapors
  • 2 years battery lifespan
  • Housing resistant to extreme conditions
  • ATEX, cCSAus, IECEx, CE compliant
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Organic vapors detector PAC 8000 OV

The Pac 8000 OV can monitor many gases and organic vapors. The device is waterproof and ideally adapts to the harshest conditions.

Organic vapors detector PAC 8000 OV by Drager
  • Water and dust proof
  • Detects many gases and organic vapors
  • 2 years battery lifespan
  • Housing resistant to extreme conditions
  • ATEX, cCSAus, IECEx, CE compliant
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Especially designed to simultaneously detect from 1 up to 7 gases, the X-am 8000 portable multi gas detector can also be equipped with an external sampling pump to draw remote samples. For combustible gas (catalytic or infrared), amines, Cl2, ClO2, CO, CO2 (electrochemical or infrared), H2, H2S, HCN, NH3, NO, NO2, O2, O3, PH3, SO2 and volatile organic compounds (10.6 eV PID lamp) monitoring.

  • 7 gas monitor by Drager: the X-am 8000 multi gas detector with 5 sensors
  • Five sensor locations to detect up to 7 gases
  • Inductive charging
  • Colored display for easy readouts
  • Impact detection system
  • Optional external gas sampling pump
  • Additional information
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X-am 8000 portable multi gas detector

Especially designed to simultaneously detect from 1 up to 7 gases, the X-am 8000 portable multi gas detector can also be equipped with an external sampling pump to draw remote samples. For combustible gas (catalytic or infrared), amines, Cl2, ClO2, CO, CO2 (electrochemical or infrared), H2, H2S, HCN, NH3, NO, NO2, O2, O3, PH3, SO2 and volatile organic compounds (10.6 eV PID lamp) monitoring.

7 gas monitor by Drager: the X-am 8000 multi gas detector with 5 sensors
  • Five sensor locations to detect up to 7 gases
  • Inductive charging
  • Colored display for easy readouts
  • Impact detection system
  • Optional external gas sampling pump
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Especially designed for use in pump mode or diffusion mode, the X-am 8000 portable multi gas detector can simultaneously monitor up to 7 gases.

 

Particularly well-suited to perform control measurement before operating in confined spaces, the 7 gas monitor X-am 8000 can be equipped with an external sampling pump available in option. Using the pump mode is very convenient and useful to monitor spaces hard to access. Easy to mount and to remove, this pump requires no tools and is it very easy to switch from diffusion mode to pump mode.

 

Compact and discrete, this portable 7 gas monitor features 3 navigation keys and a colored display for easy and swift measurement values readout. Very convenient, this detector has been engineered for one-handed operation. As it is also robust and rugged, this multi gas detector is extremely efficient in hostile environments and in the harshest conditions.

 

This device also features three bright LED indicators based on a color code compliant with the NF EN 60079-29-1, NF EN 45544-1 and NF EN 50104 standards. This way, the red light indicates an alarm due to hazardous concentrations gas; the yellow light an alarm is related to a device failure –like a low battery status for example - and the green light indicates the proper operation of the device and that it is ready for use. In case of an alert event, audible (110 dB at 30 cm) and vibrating alarms are activated in addition to the visual alarm.

 

The 7 gas monitor X-am 8000 also integrates an impact detection system. This way, any mechanical impact that can damage the device is stored in the device’s memory. This data is stored in the device internal memory that can also store data on hundreds of exposure hours.

 

Lastly, the X-am 8000 portable mutli gas detector is powered by a lithium-ion battery that can be charged through an induction charger. Thanks to this innovative non-intrusive charging system, common issues from standard charging systems are removed – such as pin corrosion and contact problems.

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Used in a complete gas detection system or as a stand alone monitor, the VOC detector XDI-PID is dedicated to  volatile organic compounds monitoring. This fixed detector with a photoionization lamp is an ATEX certified transmitter, with a 4-20 mA linear output, a digital display and alarm relays.

  • VOC monitor, volatile organic compounds fixed detector with PID lamp
  • ATEX VOC detector
  • 4-20 mA output + 3 configurable alarm relays (alarms and/or fault)
  • Humidity-resistant (no compensation needed)
  • Solid and resistant device for the most demanding environments
  • Large optional backlit LCD display
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Fixed VOC detector XDI PID

Used in a complete gas detection system or as a stand alone monitor, the VOC detector XDI-PID is dedicated to  volatile organic compounds monitoring. This fixed detector with a photoionization lamp is an ATEX certified transmitter, with a 4-20 mA linear output, a digital display and alarm relays.

Détecteur COV (composés organiques volatils) XDI-PID
  • ATEX VOC detector
  • 4-20 mA output + 3 configurable alarm relays (alarms and/or fault)
  • Humidity-resistant (no compensation needed)
  • Solid and resistant device for the most demanding environments
  • Large optional backlit LCD display
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Based on gas chromatography (GC) and photo-ionization detection (PID) technologies, the Dräger X-PID 9500 is the first ever selective VOC (volatile organic compounds) gas detector providing analytical results worthy of laboratory tests.

  • Drager X-PID 9500 for discriminant VOC monitoring
  • Measurement unit with sampling pump (up to 10 meters)
  • High gas selectivity for precise VOC analysis
  • Reliable performance even in difficult conditions
  • Simple and fast use
  • ATEX, IECEX, RoHS, CE compliant
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X-PID 9500 Chromatography & PID VOC detector for selective analysis

Based on gas chromatography (GC) and photo-ionization detection (PID) technologies, the Dräger X-PID 9500 is the first ever selective VOC (volatile organic compounds) gas detector providing analytical results worthy of laboratory tests.

Drager X-PID 9500 for discriminant VOC monitoring
  • Measurement unit with sampling pump (up to 10 meters)
  • High gas selectivity for precise VOC analysis
  • Reliable performance even in difficult conditions
  • Simple and fast use
  • ATEX, IECEX, RoHS, CE compliant
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Benzene respiratory protection (C6H6)

As benzene is irritating to the eyes, it is recommended to use a full face mask for short interventions or a much more comfortable powered air purifying respirator equipped with an A filter. If concentrations exceed 60 times the OEL, a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) is required.

Half-mask respirator X-plore 3300 with innovative mounting system for optimal operating comfort. This Gas mask is fully compatible with the X-plore bayonet filter cartridge range.

  • half mask respirator , dual cartridge gas mask Dräger X-plore 3300
  • Flexible nose area for optimal sealing
  • Reduced and cost-effective maintenance
  • Large field of view
  • Innovative X mounting system
  • Large range of compatible filters
  • Additional information
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Half-mask respirator X-plore 3300

Half-mask respirator X-plore 3300 with innovative mounting system for optimal operating comfort. This Gas mask is fully compatible with the X-plore bayonet filter cartridge range.

half mask respirator , dual cartridge gas mask Dräger X-plore 3300
  • Flexible nose area for optimal sealing
  • Reduced and cost-effective maintenance
  • Large field of view
  • Innovative X mounting system
  • Large range of compatible filters
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Available in three different sizes – S (small), M (medium) and L (large) – the X-plore 3300 half mask respirator has been designed to provide maximum comfort to its user.

Made of soft material, this dual cartridge respirator features a specific design especially well-suited for use in addition to head protective units and safety goggles. Thanks to a soft and flexible nose area and the lateral location of air purifying filters, the X-plore 3300 gas mask provides its user with large field of view and optimal adjustment. Because of a specific X design of the harness, this dual cartridge respirator is very easy to don and to remove and fits perfectly with the user’s face. Moreover, this harness allows better weight balance and enhances comfort of use without pressure.

Particularly cost-effective, the X-plore 3300 half mask also features reduced maintenance. The right choice for operators who need comfortable respiratory protective equipment at lower prices.

Finally, the X-plore 3300 respiratory protective half mask respirator is made for use with the X-plore series bayonet filters. This filtering cartridge range combines air purifying power to modern design for an optimal comfort of use. Thanks to their rugged plastic design, these filters are highly resistant.

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The X-plore 5500 is a full facepiece respirator mask especially designed to provide its users breathing and visual protection against gases and particles.

  • X-plore 5500 gas mask by Drager: dual filter respirator
  • Airtight and secured design
  • Comfortable and easy to use
  • 180° large field of view
  • Efficient ventilation system
  • Compatible with the X-plore filters range
  • Additional information
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Full facepiece respirator X-plore 5500

The X-plore 5500 is a full facepiece respirator mask especially designed to provide its users breathing and visual protection against gases and particles.

X-plore 5500 gas mask by Drager: dual filter respirator
  • Airtight and secured design
  • Comfortable and easy to use
  • 180° large field of view
  • Efficient ventilation system
  • Compatible with the X-plore filters range
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Especially designed to provide an optimal protection in presence of gas or particles, the X-plore 5500 full facepiece respirator is widely used in many industrial applications (particularly in the chemical and steel industries) but also shipyard industry…

Equipped with a visor made of polycarbonate or triplex glass, the X-plore 5500 mask provides its wearer a large field of vision without distortion. The polycarbonate panoramic visor features a frame made of plastics and is highly resistant to shocks while the glass visor – with stainless steel frame – is treated against scratches and chemical products.

The mask itself features a specific dual seal with triple sealing edges to offer optimal tightness and protection. The body of the dual filter gas mask is made of ultra-resistant EPDM elastomer that fits any morphology and face shape. This way, the mask remains comfortable to wear. Moreover, thanks to its unique standard size, this full facepiece respirator is easy to transport and to store.

As it is a respiratory protective full face mask, steam can appear on the visor. In order to resolve this matter, the le X-plore 5500 is equipped with a special integrated ventilation system. This system has been engineered to protect the visor against any risk of condensation in order to ensure clear view in any situation.

Thanks to its comfortable 5-point flanged harness, the X-plore 550 can be worn and removed easily and quickly. Moreover, its connecting straps have been especially designed to avoid pressure on the head or the face of the user.

The X-plore 5500 dual filter gas mask features two connectors located on both sides to connect two air filtering cartridges. Furthermore, as the filters are positioned laterally and backwards, the field of vision of the user remains perfectly unobstructed. This breathing protection equipment is fully compatible with the X-plore series bayonet filters. These filters are especially designed to provide optimal protection against harmful gases, vapors and particles. Thanks to their bayonet connection system, they can be easily and quickly installed in order to operate as soon as possible.

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The Duraflow powered air respirator is a versatile solution for hazardous workspaces. It provides a quality respiratory protection for a fair price.

  • The powered air purifying respirator Duraflow PAPR
  • Compatibility with RD DIN 40 universal filter cartridges
  • Rechargeable battery – 2 available version: 8 or 16 hours runtime
  • Automatic airflow regulation (160l/min)
  • Visual alarms, notifications and display
  • CEN1294 & CE0086 certified, IP55/IP67
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Powered air purifying respirator Duraflow

The Duraflow powered air respirator is a versatile solution for hazardous workspaces. It provides a quality respiratory protection for a fair price.

The powered air purifying respirator Duraflow PAPR
  • Compatibility with RD DIN 40 universal filter cartridges
  • Rechargeable battery – 2 available version: 8 or 16 hours runtime
  • Automatic airflow regulation (160l/min)
  • Visual alarms, notifications and display
  • CEN1294 & CE0086 certified, IP55/IP67
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The X-plore 8000 is a powered air purifying respirator especially designed to provide a reliable and convenient respiratory protection solution. Fully modular, this system can operate for at least 4 hours with only one charge for safe applications.

  • The X-plore 8000 PAPR respirator system by Dräger enhanced positive pressure respirator
  • Rugged design for daily use
  • Modular and versatile
  • Comfortable and secured with rubber protectors
  • Easy to disassemble for easy servicing
  • Compatible with a large range of accessories
  • Additional information
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PAPR respirator system X-plore 8000

The X-plore 8000 is a powered air purifying respirator especially designed to provide a reliable and convenient respiratory protection solution. Fully modular, this system can operate for at least 4 hours with only one charge for safe applications.

The X-plore 8000 PAPR respirator system by Dräger enhanced positive pressure respirator
  • Rugged design for daily use
  • Modular and versatile
  • Comfortable and secured with rubber protectors
  • Easy to disassemble for easy servicing
  • Compatible with a large range of accessories
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The X-plore 800 PAPR respirator system has been especially designed to enable its user to operate safely in toxic environments. Thanks to its robust designIP65 certified against dust and water jets – this positive pressure air purifying respiratory protective device is particularly well-suited for use in potentially explosive atmospheres (ATEX).

The X-plore 8000 PAPR respirator system is composed by a rugged casing that can includes a whole range of specific PAPR filters in order to meet requirements of almost any industrial application. A breathing hose available in three different versions and a face piece (PAPR mask or hood) complete this system. The device can be worn with a special belt and can be equipped with a standard battery, which provides at least 4 hours run time, or a high capacity battery for an extended run time of at least 8 hours. The belt ensures optimal comfort of use and perfect weight balance. This positive pressure respirator has been especially engineered to fit perfectly the user without disturbance.

Available in standard version as well as ATEX certified fireproof version, the X-plore 8000 respirator features protected air inlets which ensure that no dust, water or even sparks come into contact with filters.

Thanks to its enhanced technology, the PAPR respirator system automatically detects the connected face piece in order to adjust the injected airflow. Integrated temperature and pressure sensors in the housing also enable the automatic adjustment of the airflow. A wide range of face pieces – PAPR hoods & masks - is available to meet even the most demanding requirements from any application. This way, the housing of the X-plore 8000 can be connected to half-hoods, full hoods, protective visors, helmets, half-masks, panoramic masks or even helmets specifically dedicated to welding activities.

The X-plore 8000 PAPR respirator also features a smart alarm system which purpose is to alert user in case of problems. This way, if the air flow is not sufficient or in case of low battery status, visual (operational display), acoustic (80 dBA at 1 meter) and vibrating alarms activate to alert user of the failure. Moreover, an integrated optical sensor avoids any use without a filter for an optimal safety of use.

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