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Control of exposure to perchloroethylene in commercial drycleaning.

Authors
Earnest-GS; Ewers-L; Ruder-A; Goldenhar-L; Flesch-JP
Source
Appl Occup Environ Hyg 1999 Jun; 14(6):365-366
NIOSHTIC No.
20025300
Abstract
Perchloroethylene (PERC) is the most commonly used dry cleaning solvent. PERC can enter the body through respiratory and dermal exposure. Symptoms associated with exposure include depression of the central nervous system; damage to the liver and kidneys; impaired memory; confusion; dizziness; headache; drowsiness; and eye, nose, and throat irritation. Repeated dermal exposure may result in dermatitis. NIOSH considers PERC a potential human carcinogen. To reduce exposure to drycleaning solvents, a comprehensive control approach should be followed involving engineering measures, work practices, and personal protection. Engineering measures are the preferred and most effective means of control and should generally be considered first.
Keywords
Dry-cleaning-industry; Dry-cleaning-solvents; Respiratory-irritants; Respiratory-system-disorders; Dermatitis; Carcinogens; Control-systems; Control-methods; Engineering-controls; Engineering
CODEN
AOEHE9
CAS No.
127-18-4
Publication Date
19990601
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
1999
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
6
ISSN
1047-322X
NIOSH Division
DPSE; DSHEFS; EID
Source Name
Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
State
OH
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