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Industrial hygiene report, perchloroethylene: Ideal Cleaners, 322 14th Street, Oakland, California.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, IWS 71-15, 1979 Mar; :1-10
Exposures to perchloroethylene (127184) (PCE) were studied in a dry cleaning facility (SIC-7216) in Oakland, California. Air samples were collected using battery operated pumps and charcoal tubes. Eight hour time weighted average exposure to PCE was 0.6 parts per million (ppm) for the seamstress, and 2.6ppm for the presser. Area samples taken 1 meter away from the dry cleaning machine indicated an average PCE concentration of 0.6ppm. Five minute peak samples during the loading and unloading of the dry cleaning unit indicated PCE concentrations of 6.1 to 12.5ppm. The author concludes that exposures to PCE are within current standards. Exposure to PCE should be as limited as possible, as the carcinogenic potential of the compound has not been established.
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