‘You can’t get sick from solvents’: FDA rules
A new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that people can’t easily get sick by using solvants, including gasoline, diesel and kerosene, according to a press release.
In fact, people who have a medical condition that makes them particularly sensitive to solvent exposures could have difficulty breathing even when breathing air containing solvant.
In addition, some people could develop skin reactions to the compounds that have been in gasoline, gasoline engine oil, kerosol and diesel.
The CDC released the study Tuesday, saying that people who suffer from asthma, allergies or heart disease could be particularly vulnerable to the respiratory and cardiovascular effects of the chemicals.
The report says that solvances could increase the risk of respiratory infections in children, especially if their parents or other caregivers are exposed.
The researchers also found that solvent exposures may cause other health problems, such as asthma and heart disease, among adults.
“We need to take a much closer look at the chemicals that people are breathing,” said CDC Director Dr. Mary McGrath.
“This study suggests that solutants are not the only way people can become exposed to them, and that there are other possible mechanisms.”
The researchers found that the chemicals were not carcinogenic in people who had asthma, but they did show an increased risk for heart disease and other diseases in people exposed to the chemicals while pregnant or nursing.
The release also said that there is no evidence that the inhalation of these solvends has any health effects on infants.
The agency is also investigating a lawsuit filed against a Florida gas station that was found to have sold solvides that were more than 100 times more toxic than the official safety level for gasoline.
The company, Liggett Gas, has pleaded guilty to federal charges that it violated the Clean Air Act by selling toxic solvates, according the press release from the CDC.
It is also being investigated by the EPA for violating state laws governing solvend sales.
“As an organization, we’ve been working to get solvices out of gasoline,” said McGrath, who was the acting commissioner of the FDA from 2011 to 2016.
“The question we have now is: What is the right level for people to breathe at?
And what’s the best way to reduce the risk?”
She added that she was “very concerned” about the potential health effects from the solvences.
The FDA released a similar study in May that found that some solvains were carcinogenic, but it found that they were less than 10 times as toxic as the official EPA safety level.
The study also said there is “little scientific evidence” to support claims that these solvenes pose health risks.
The EPA has been conducting research on the safety of solvres since 2005.
The new report is based on data collected between 2010 and 2012.
The American Association of Poison Control Centers and the Centers for Health and Environmental Quality, the two federal agencies that oversee the EPA, both released their own findings on the solutes in solvids last month.
“There is no scientific consensus on the risks posed by solvients and we cannot yet say with confidence that the solvs used in our current gasoline use are safe,” McGrath said.
“What we can say is that the safety profile of gasoline is changing rapidly and we need to continue to monitor the risk for public health, as well as the health risks for people who breathe solvones.”