Question - A worker in the cellophane production industry complains of dizziness, poor sleep, headache, anxiety, anorexia, weight loss, and vision changes associated with strong odors he describes as “smells like ether” at his workplace. Exposure to what chemical may be responsible for these symptoms?
Answer- The cited reference notes “Carbon disulfide (CS2) is a colorless liquid with an ether-like odor. Exposure can cause dizziness, poor sleep, headache, anxiety, anorexia, weight loss, and vision changes.” This resource further notes “Some examples of workers at risk of being exposed to carbon disulfide include the following: 1-Factory workers who work where rubber is made or processed, 2-Workers involved in cellophane production. 3- Employees who work in factories where rayon fabric is made and 4-Employees involved in the production of carbon tetrachloride.” (https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/carbon-disulfide/;accessed April 2019)