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Engineering control technology assessment of the dry cleaning industry.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 1980 Oct; :1-211
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00105230
Abstract
Control technology for minimizing worker exposures to toxic chemicals in the dry cleaning industry (SIC-3292) was evaluated. Industry representatives were interviewed, about 25 dry cleaning facilities were surveyed, and literature was reviewed to identify control measures used throughout the industry. Problems with inadequate ventilation systems, leakage in gaskets and dampers of dry cleaning equipment, poor functioning of carbon adsorption systems, and poor work practices were observed in the industry. The authors conclude that state of the art of control technology does not reflect the optimum level of possible control. Recommendations include improvements in ventilation systems, installation of pressure gages to monitor system performance, regular inspection of gaskets and dampers, use of safe work practices, use of process isolation, and use of covered buckets for collected recovered solvents. Areas for additional research include ventilation design optimization, cleaning cycle optimization, gasket materials, dissemination of control equipment, machine exhausts, leak detection equipment and tumbler vapor monitors.
Keywords
NIOSH-Contract; Contract-210-77-0004; Air-contamination; Workplace-studies; Control-methods; Industrial-equipment; Equipment-design; Safety-equipment; Industrial-hygiene; Detectors
Publication Date
19801001
Document Type
Numbered Publication
Funding Type
Contract
Fiscal Year
1981
NTIS Accession No.
PB81-229759
NTIS Price
A11
Identifying No.
(NIOSH) 80-136; Contract-210-77-0004
NIOSH Division
DPSE
SIC Code
3292
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OH
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