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Industrial hygiene report perchloroethylene at Gold Medal Cleaners 1123 Central Avenue, (Wilmette) Chicago, Illinois.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, IWS 71-39, 1980 Aug; :1-8
Worker exposures to perchloroethylene (127184) (PCE) were surveyed at Gold Medal Cleaner (SIC-7216) in Chicago, Illinois in July 16, 1979. The company employed 11 workers. Time weighted average (TWA) personal exposures to PCE ranged from 0.5 to 33 parts per million (ppm). Peak exposures for 5 minute samples were 7.3 and 51ppm, and peak exposure for one 15 minute sample was 24ppm. All samples were below OSHA standards of 100ppm for TWA exposures, and 200 and 300ppm for 15 and 5 minute peak exposures, respectively. The author recommends the PCE exposures by kept as low as possible since the carcinogenicity of the compound has not been established. Workers should be provided with preplacement physical examinations, respirators and protective clothing, exhaust ventilation should be installed, workers should be informed about PCE hazards, and equipment and PCE storage containers should be inspected periodically.
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