Composition and toxicity of petroleum products and their additives.

  title={Composition and toxicity of petroleum products and their additives.},
  author={John A. Henry},
  journal={Human & experimental toxicology},
  volume={17 2},
1. All petroleum based products are highly complex chemical mixtures. Although almost exclusively composed of hydrocarbons, the composition varies with the crude oil source. 2. Their toxicity for man is generally low but there are exceptions. Although irritancy and sensitization to specific ingredients may be demonstrated in animals, animal experiments are not a reliable indicator of sensitization potential in man. 3. Both product complexity and commercial considerations can make acceptable and… CONTINUE READING