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Industrial Hygiene Study of Suburban Dry Cleaners.

Authors
Ludwig-HR
Source
NIOSH 1977 Jun:10 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00073707
Abstract
Industrial hygiene surveys were conducted at two facilities of the Suburban Dry Cleaners, Cincinnati, Ohio, April 6-7, 1977, as part of an industry-wide study of dry cleaning workers exposed to perchloroethylene (127184). The dry cleaning process (SIC-2842) is described. Two personal samples and 9 area samples were collected and analyzed for perchloroethylene. Although the workers' time- weighted average exposure to perchloroethylene was well below the OSHA standard of 100 ppm, the potential for intermittent or peak exposures to higher concentrations exists, especially on busier days, or during repair and maintenance, or emergency spills. Recommendations include: pre-placement physicals, respiratory protection for brief exposures at concentrations in excess of the environmental limit, the use of gloves during unloading, informing workers of the hazards, and periodic checks for leaks.
Keywords
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Survey; IWS-71-10; Field-Study; Region-5; Chlorinated-ethylenes; Chlorinated-hydrocarbons; Organic-solvents; Air-contamination; Dry-cleaning-solvents;
CAS No.
127-18-4;
Publication Date
19770602
Fiscal Year
1977
NTIS Accession No.
PB89-195895
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
IWS-71-10
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
2842;
Source Name
Industrial Hygiene Section, Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, 10 pages, 2 references
State
OH;
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