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Industrial hygiene report, perchloroethylene, Gaston's Cleaners, Lafayette, California.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, IWS 71-20, 1979 Feb; :1-7
Worker exposure to perchloroethylene (127184) (PCE) was determined at Gaston's Cleaners (SIC-7216) in Lafayette, California on July 28, 1978. The firm was included in an industry wide mortality and industrial hygiene study of dry cleaning workers exposed to PCE. The work force included a cleaner and spotter and two pressers. Neither first aid supplies nor a NIOSH approved gas mask were kept on the premises. Air samples were collected in the area of the washer, spotting table, PCE filter, and adsorber. Concentrations of PCE were 4.7, 5.5, 3.8, and 3.7 parts per million above the washer, the spotting table, the PCE filter and adsorber, respectively. These concentrations were well within the OSHA permissible 8 hour time weight average concentration for PCE of 100ppm. The author recommends that exposure to PCE be restricted as much as possible because of its potential hazard as a carcinogen.
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