Web Content Viewer

Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)

This ODH factsheet answers many common questions about polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), including:

  • What are PAHs and how do they get into the environment?

  • How do PAHs get into my body?

  • Can I get sick from PAHs?

  • Do PAHs cause cancer?

  • Can a test show if I have PAHs 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 PAHs.


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.