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Industrial hygiene report, perchloroethylene, Top Hat Cleaners, San Mateo, California.

Authors
Ludwig HR
Source
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 71-24, 1979 Apr; :1-9
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00114091
Abstract
Worker exposure to perchloroethylene (127184) (PCE) was determined at Top Hat Cleaners (SIC-7216) in San Mateo, California on July 27, 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 dry cleaner and spotter and a presser. First aid supplies and a chemical cartridge respirator, which was not NIOSH approved, were kept on the premises. Personal air samples were collected in the breathing zones of the dry cleaner and presser. Average exposures to PCE for the dry cleaner and presser were 36 and 9 parts per million (ppm), respectively. Concentrations of two peak samples collected during garment transfer were 315 and 128ppm. One of these samples exceeded the OSHA maximum peak of 300ppm; all other samples were within the permissible 8 hour time weighted average concentration of 100ppm. The author recommends that exposure to PCE be restricted as much as possible because of its potential hazard as a carcinogen.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-9; Organic-solvents; Dry-cleaning-industry; Air-sampling; Worker-health; Industrial-hygiene
CAS No.
127-18-4
Publication Date
19790401
Document Type
Field Studies; Industry Wide
Fiscal Year
1979
NTIS Accession No.
PB82-189812
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
IWS-71-24
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
7216
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
CA; OH
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