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Walk-through survey report: perchloroethylene exposures in commercial dry cleaners at Hyde Park "One Hour" Martinizing Cleaners, Cincinnati, Ohio, report no. CT-201-12a.

Authors
Earnest-GS; Spencer-AB
Source
NIOSH 1993 Sep; :1-15
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00216259
Abstract
A study was made to document and evaluate effective technologies for the control of potential health hazards at the Hyde Park "One Hour" Martinizing Cleaners (SIC-7216), Cincinnati, Ohio. The business was a small commercial facility. The shop consumed an average of 4 gallons of perchloroethylene (127184) (PERC) each month, cleaning about 650 pounds of apparel each day. The work force consisted of six workers, half of whom operate the dry cleaning machine. Both transfer and dry to dry machines were used. The highest worker exposure occurred during the movement of solvent laden clothing between the washer and dryer in the transfer machine operation. The controls in place at this site appeared to be adequate to maintain exposure levels below 25 parts per million. The primary factor contributing to exposure was the still runoff being allowed to remain uncovered during the workday. There were only a few leaks in the system, primarily because the equipment was still fairly new. The authors recommend control measures which could aid in reducing exposures to PERC. The use of personal protective equipment should be improved at this location.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-5; CT-201-12a; Control-technology; Dry-cleaning-solvents; Solvent-vapors; Respirators; Chlorinated-hydrocarbons; Dry-cleaning-industry
CAS No.
127-18-4
Publication Date
19930901
Document Type
Control Technology; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1993
NTIS Accession No.
PB94-117140
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
CT-201-12a
NIOSH Division
DPSE
SIC Code
7216
Source Name
Engineering Control Technology Branch, Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. CT-201-12a, 15 pages, 30 references
State
OH
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