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Industrial hygiene report perchloroethylene at Cambridge Cleaners 719 2nd Avenue New York, New York.
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 71-54, 1981 Jan; :1-8
Worker exposure to perchloroethylene (127184) (PCE) were surveyed on August, 31, 1979, at Cambridge Cleaners (SIC-7216) in New York City, New York. Personal air samples were collected from the seven employees. Area samples and peak samples were also analyzed. The dry cleaner and spotter's time weighted average (TWA) exposure was 11 parts per million (ppm) PCE. Area samples varied from 0.3 to 4.0ppm. The 5-minute peak samples varied from 10 to 124ppm. All samples were below the current OSHA standard of 100ppm for 8 hour TWA for PCE exposure. The author recommends that PCE exposure be reduced as much as possible since the carcinogenicity of the agent has not yet been determined. He also recommends the use of respiratory protection and protective clothes, and installation of exhaust ventilation.
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