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Industrial Hygiene Report Perchloroethylene at Flair Cleaners 505 East Pershing Road, Chicago, Illinois.
NIOSH 1980 Sep:8 pages
Worker exposures to perchloroethylene (127184) (PCE) were surveyed in July 18, 1979, at Flair Cleaners (SIC-7216) in Chicago, Illinois. The company employed 10 workers. Time weighted average (TWA) personal PCE exposures ranged from 8.4 to 34 parts per million (ppm), and 5 minute peak exposures ranged from 12 to 25ppm. Two 15 minute samples contained 7.9 and 23ppm PCE, respectively. All exposures were below OSHA TWA, 5 minute and 15 minute exposure limits of 100, 300 and 200ppm, respectively. The author recommends that PCE exposures be kept as low as possible since the carcinogenicity of the compound has not been established. Workers should be provided with respirators and protective clothing, improved ventilation should be informed about PCE hazards, and equipment and PCE storage containers should be inspected periodically.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; IWS-71-41; Region-5; Workplace-studies; Air-contamination; Carcinogens; Standards; Control-methods; Air-sampling;
NTIS Accession No.
Industrial Hygiene Section, Industry-wide Studies Branch Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, 8 pages, 7 references
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division