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Industrial hygiene report perchloroethylene at B and B Cleaners 5542 N. 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 71-40, 1980 Sep; :1-8
Worker exposures to perchloroethylene (127184) (PCE) were surveyed at B and B Cleaners (SIC-7216) in Chicago, Illinois, in July, 1979. The company employed seven workers. Time weighted average (TWA) personal PCE exposures ranged from 3.8 to 33 parts per million (ppm), and 5 minute peak exposures ranged from 56 to 180ppm. One 15 minute sample contained 40ppm PCE. All exposures were below OSHA TWA, 5 minute and 15 minute standards 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. Exhaust ventilation should be provided, employees should be informed about the hazards of PCE exposures and all equipment and PCE storage containers should be inspected periodically.
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