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Industrial hygiene report perchloroethylene at Monitor Cleaners 4601 North Clark Street, 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 71-44, 1980 Sep; :1-8
Worker exposures to perchloroethylene (127184) (PCE) were surveyed in July 17, 1979, at Monitor Cleaners (SIC-7216) in Chicago, Illinois. The company employed 9 workers. Time weighted average (TWA) personal PCE exposures ranged from 3.0 to 98 parts per million (ppm), and 5 minute peak exposures ranged from 87 to 197ppm. Two 15 minute samples contained 39 and 67ppm, 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 preplacement physical examinations, respirators and protective clothing, improved ventilation should be installed, workers should be educated about PCE hazards, and equipment and PCE storage containers should be periodically inspected.
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