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EC number: 270-684-5 | CAS number: 68476-43-7 A complex combination of hydrocarbons produced by distillation of products from a catalytic cracking process. It consists predominantly of hydrocarbons having carbon numbers predominantly in the range of C4 through C6, rich in C5. It contains a large proportion of unsaturated hydrocarbons.
The sensitisation potential of benzene was assessed in a group of 25 volunteers using five 48 hour topical inductions of 50% benzene to inflamed skin at and a 48 hour topical challenge at 20%. There was no evidence of skin sensitisation in any of the 25 volunteers.
Benzene is considered not to be a skin sensitiser in humans.
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