Now, in Vizag, styrene gas has been leaked owned by South Korean electronics giant LG, located at RRV Puram near Gopalapatnam. So, how does Styrene affect the human body? According to the first reports, the incident took place at South Korean company LG’s polymer plant, at the time when workers were busy preparing the plant to restart production amid the relaxation in lockdown announced by the government. Due to continued lockdown for over a month, there is a fair chance of these stores of styrene managed enough heat from sunlight to kickstart polymerization reaction. © 2020 Hyderabad Media House Limited/The Hans India. In efforts to expunge the active volume of styrene in Vizag, around 500Kgs of a chemical compound called PTBC (para-tertiary butyl catechol), flown from Gujarat via a special Air India flight. If one is exposed to styrene, the immediate effect will be seen in the mucous membrane. Heroines Get Into Arm Wrestling On Movie Sets. In efforts to expunge the active volume of styrene in Vizag, around 500Kgs of a chemical compound called PTBC (para-tertiary butyl catechol), flown from Gujarat via a special Air India flight. More than 1000 people have remained in an unconscious state as soon as they inhaled the poisonous styrene chemical. Vizag gas leak: How acute exposure to Styrene gas harms human body in the short and long term Some of the long term effects include headaches, depression, fatigue and weakness, hearing loss, balance and concentration problems, cancer. Concise, Contextual, and Unconventional, so that you always stay informed! As per health officials, mere exposure to gas may not be fatal. Indeed this year God tested us in many different ways. I doubt that the cause of the Vizag tragedy was styrene gas leak. In extreme cases, acute exposure could also cause numbness of the feet. Why does India need evidence-based crime policy more than ever? It is a catechol derivative, known for acting as an inhibitor to the polymerization reaction of butadiene, styrene, and vinyl acetate. Please enter your username or email address to reset your password. Visit our. An estimated amount, 1800-2000 mt tonnes of gas escaped from LG’s polymer plant. Now, the leakage happens when polymerization in a closed container is ruptured (Just like in the Vizag case). In the plant, the styrene gas is supposed to produce only when the plant is in operation, and this is so because when styrene compound is subjected to higher temperatures, it converts into polystyrene and releases styrene gas. A few even said it could very vinyl chloride. The Story Of Negligence, Corruption,& Violence : Top 5 Red Light Areas In India. My assumptions are based on the following facts. This chemical is most commonly used in the manufacture of plastic products, fiberglass, and automobile parts. The initial effects may not be fatal. LEARN MORE », © 2020 Indian Spectator - The Unbiased Estate. The whole world was engulfed by the Novel coronavirus. As per health officials, mere exposure to gas may not be fatal. Stamp your viewpoint, use the comment box down below. According to the GVMC Commissioner Srijana Gummalla, the leaked compound was styrene, which is the user in the manufacture of polystyrene plastics, fibreglass, rubber, and latex. You agree to our use of cookies by continuing to use our site. So, how does Styrene affect the human body? Dark Mode. Styrene monomer is usually used as a basic building block of the plastics industry. Following prompt action by local police, state & national disaster response force, conditions quickly came under control, leaving many families grieving the loss of their loved ones. The monomer is the bonding of molecules to form a polymer. While there is still confusion over what kind of gas it was, reports said it could be either vinyl benzene or styrene. This case made us recall the 1984 Bhopal tragedy where a similar incident claimed more than 11 lives. Published by GulteDesk Bollywood Actor Asif Basra Commits Suicide! So, what is Styrene gas and how has exposure to it caused harm? Styrene is a synthetic chemical known as ethylbenzene which looks like a colorless liquid and also easily evaporates into the air. Dark Mode. Styrene is also found in vehicle exhaust, cigarette smoke, and in natural foods like fruits and vegetables.