Solvents are a diverse group of chemicals used to dissolve, disperse, or dilute other chemicals. Widespread use of solvents within both industrial and residential settings makes solvent exposures ubiquitous. Exposure occurs via inhalation, dermal absorption, or ingestion, although the extent of toxicity and damage will vary with solvent. Establishing and maintaining acceptable limits of specific solvents in the air and drinking water will limit exposure for the general public, as will replacement of known toxic solvents with less toxic and sustainable alternatives.
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