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Revealing the Hidden Dangers of WORK: Insights from a Blood Test

Updated: Apr 1

Every day, subtle exposures to various substances occur without our awareness. Unfortunately, this is a widespread phenomenon happening globally.


I invite you to explore each aspect of this topic with me. By the end, you'll gain practical insights into verifying the information and understanding your own exposure levels. Rest assured, all information provided here is based on credible facts, with evidence available within the content.


Let's begin by examining each ingredient carefully to understand its origin and significance.



The norm for these chemicals is "0". None of these compounds should be in the blood at all!


Tolerable - This level indicates that certain organisms can manage the substance without adverse effects.

Borderline - At this point, the body's capacity to handle the substance is nearing its limit.

High  - This level signifies a significant degree of poisoning in the body, potentially leading to illness.

Very high - At this stage, there's a critical level of poisoning in the body, greatly increasing the risk of disease.


While it may appear humorous at first glance, there lies a profound truth beneath the surface. Blood donations for chemical compound analysis aren't covered by health insurance, perhaps to prevent the revelation of this truth.

WORK


I discovered the substance test in my workplace. I meticulously noted them down from product labels, technical sheets, and specifications of semi-finished products. My decision to verify if these substances are indeed harmful to my body stemmed from this observation.


1. Methyl-methacrylate

Methacrylic acid methyl ester, commonly known as methyl methacrylate (MMA), is a colorless liquid with an unpleasant ester-like odor. MMA is highly flammable, volatile, and has a boiling point of 101°C. When mixed with water, its boiling point drops to 83°C to form an azeotropic mixture. MMA is assigned the UN number 1247.


Methyl methacrylate is primarily utilized in the production of acrylic glass. Additionally, it serves as the primary component in most plastic dental prostheses. Liquid MMA is combined with granulated PMMA (polymethyl methacrylate) to create a viscous dough, which is then polymerized to harden. Moreover, it finds applications in the manufacturing of bone cement for affixing artificial joints, in paint production, and as a component in two-component adhesives (methyl methacrylate adhesive).


On the verge of Tolerance - Despite not ingesting it directly, my daily exposure to materials such as plexiglass, acrylic glass, and adhesives used for bonding these materials at work has led to a level of poisoning that borders on tolerance.



3. Propanol


1-Propanol, also known as n-propanol or PrOH, is a primary alcohol characterized by the chemical formula C3H8O. It exists as a colorless liquid and is an isomer of 2-propanol. This compound occurs naturally in small quantities during various fermentation processes. In the pharmaceutical industry, it serves primarily as a solvent for resins and cellulose esters, and occasionally as a disinfectant.


Similar to ethanol (common alcohol), 1-propanol is believed to exert effects on the human body, but it is approximately 2-4 times more potent. Vapors of 1-propanol can cause irritation to the eyes, skin, and mucous membranes. Direct contact with the liquid may result in serious eye damage. When ingested, it has an anesthetic effect similar to ethanol, causing dizziness, drowsiness, and potentially intoxication or unconsciousness at higher concentrations. Due to the risk of severe eye damage, 1-propanol should not be used manually, such as in cleaning applications, and instead, the less hazardous 2-propanol (isopropanol) is recommended. If the use of 1-propanol is unavoidable, protective goggles should be worn while handling it.


High poisoning - I use it daily at work for cleaning purposes, but I certainly don't consume it during my break!





7. Vinyl-chlorid-methacrylate


Methacryloyl chloride, also known as 2-methyl-2-propenoyl chloride, shares similarities with acryloyl chloride as an α, β-unsaturated carbonyl compound. It exhibits high reactivity as a chloride derivative of methacrylic acid, functioning as a carboxylic acid chloride and a functional alkene. When exposed to water, methacryloyl chloride reacts vigorously, yielding methacrylic acid and hydrochloric acid. Additionally, it undergoes spontaneous polymerization with increasing temperature.


Due to its toxicity, flammability, and corrosive nature, methacryloyl chloride requires careful handling, similar to acryloyl chloride.


This compound appears as a clear, colorless, highly volatile liquid with a pungent odor. Its vapors are tear-irritating and highly flammable, forming explosive mixtures when mixed with air.


This chemical is akin to the first item, but it's a blend of PVC and acrylic. It's commonly employed in manufacturing products that incorporate both of these materials, such as popular acrylic bathtubs.


Over the tolerance line- At work, I utilize intermediates composed of these substances.



22. Polyvinylchloride(PVC)


Polyvinyl chloride, commonly abbreviated as PVC, is a thermoplastic polymer derived from the monomer vinyl chloride through chain polymerization. PVC ranks as the third most significant polymer for plastics, following polyethylene and polypropylene.


PVC plastics are categorized into rigid and flexible types. Rigid PVC finds application in manufacturing window profiles, pipes, and records. On the other hand, flexible PVC contains plasticizers, which impart elastic properties to the material.


PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, poses significant concerns due to its production involving toxic chlorine. Inadequate incineration of PVC can result in the release of dioxins, highly toxic compounds.


Many household items containing PVC are crafted from soft PVC, where plasticizers can leach into the body through saliva, skin contact, and inhalation. Plasticizers like phthalates found in PVC can disrupt reproductive functions and harm the liver, nervous system, and immune system.


Plastics have the potential to induce illness by releasing chemicals into the human body. Researchers caution that some of these substances can lead to severe health issues ranging from allergies and obesity to infertility, cancer, and heart disease.





If you or a family member use a plastic lunch box, chances are your body has absorbed bisphenol A and plasticizers, as these substances can be detected in your blood. This is because various pollutants from the plastic can leach into the food.

PVC is so prevalent that it fits into every category; it surrounds us everywhere. I've categorized it under "WORK" because I utilize it daily as an intermediate.


Now the poisoning has crossed over the tolerance line.


Continue reading for the subsequent category of blood toxicity - LIFE


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