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Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene & Xylenes (BTEX)

This ODH factsheet answers many common questions about benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes (BTEX), including:

  • What is BTEX and how does it get into the environment?

  • How does BTEX get into my body?

  • Can I get sick from BTEX?

  • Does BTEX cause cancer?

  • Can a test show if I have BTEX in my body?

  • Where can I get more information?


Local health departments are encouraged to print these factsheets for distribution in the event of a public health incident involving BTEX.


This factsheet may be updated periodically as new scientific information becomes available or as regulations change. You can find the date of the most recent updates to this factsheet inside the PDF.