The pharmaceutical industry and perfumeries are using small quantities of styrene as an additive in perfumes and medicine. It is also used in the chemical industry as a solvent to synthesize polyester resins.
C8H8 is a colourless or sometimes yellowish, yet carcinogenic gas with a soft smell detectable from 0.15 ppm. This substance is very harmful by inhalation and can irritate the skin and eyes (R36/38).
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