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In-depth survey report: exposures during the spotting procedure in a commercial dry cleaner at Widmer's Dry Cleaning, Cincinnati, Ohio, report no. CT-201-13b.

Authors
Spencer-AB; Earnest-GS; Kovein-RJ
Source
NIOSH 1995 Jul; :1-27
NIOSHTIC No.
00228286
Abstract
A study was made to document and evaluate effective techniques for controlling potential health hazards at Widmer's Dry Cleaning (SIC- 7216), Cincinnati, Ohio. Special attention was given to worker exposure during the spotting process. The existing engineering control in place for the process was a small kitchen type hood which was inadequate to remove contaminated air, as evidenced by smoke tubes. Personal breathing zone long term samples for the spotter and tagger were taken for perchloroethylene (127184), trichloroethylene (79016), 2-butoxyethanol (111762), and hexylene- glycol (107415). Short term samples were collected for perchloroethylene, trichloroethylene, methyl-isobutyl-ketone (108101), and n-butyl-acetate (123864). Area samples were collected for perchloroethylene and trichloroethylene. All the levels monitored were below the recommended OSHA limits. The authors recommend that specific measures be taken to reduce exposures, including exhausting the spotting process to the outdoors, isolating the spotting process during management's planned facility construction, use of proper personal protective equipment, and training the spotter to reduce solvent usage.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; CT-201-13b; Region-5; Control-technology; Dry-cleaning-industry; Dry-cleaning-solvents; Organic-solvents; Solvent-vapors; Chlorinated-hydrocarbons
CAS No.
127-18-4; 79-01-6; 111-76-2; 107-41-5; 108-10-1; 123-86-4
Publication Date
19950701
Document Type
Control Technology; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1995
NTIS Accession No.
PB95-267621
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
CT-201-13b
NIOSH Division
DPSE
Priority Area
Control-technology
SIC Code
7216
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OH
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