Vinyl chloride is known to cause liver and brain cancer in humans. Before 1974 the manufacturers of vinyl chloride concealed the health hazards of the chemical. Workers in the vinyl chloride and poly vinyl chloride plants were exposed to very high levels of vinyl chloride with no idea that it could cause cancer. Back then workers were routinely exposed to vinyl chloride in the hundreds or thousands of parts per million (ppm). Today, anything over 1 ppm is considered unsafe. One pound of vinyl chloride can contaminate a five acre area to a level of 2 ppm - double the OSHA 8 hour standard. Over 100,000 pounds of viny chloride was released to the environment in Paulsboro, New Jersey.
According to the EPA, the odor threshold for vinyl chloride is 3,000ppm. That means if you can smell vinyl chloride, it is present in the air you are breathing at a concentration of 3,000ppm.
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