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Petroleum Products

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carrier deck

Petroleum products are chemicals made from the refinement of crude oil. These products are used in a great number of commercial industries and consumer products. Some examples of petroleum products are jet fuels, gasoline, diesel, kerosene, and lubricating oils.

Many Veterans may have come in contact with petroleum products, such as engine oils, diesel, and jet fuel, during their military service. These chemicals are used by the U.S. military for a variety of reasons, including the fueling of military vehicles, generators, tent heaters and stoves, maintaining or repairing vehicles and equipment, and as accelerants in burn pit fires. Petroleum products can be absorbed through the skin, inhaled, or accidentally swallowed.

The following page discusses a specific petroleum product and potential Veteran exposures:


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