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Industrial hygiene report, perchloroethylene, Sterling Cleaners and Laundry, Burlingame, 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 71-21, 1979 Mar; :1-8
Worker exposure to perchloroethylene (127184) (PCE) was determined at Sterling Cleaners and Laundry (SIC-7216) in Burlingame, California on July 24, 1978. The firm was included in an industry wide study of dry cleaners using PCE. The workforce of 17 included pressers and a dry cleaner, who did all of the spotting. First aid supplies were kept on the premises and a gas mask was provided for the dry cleaner. Personal air samples were collected in the breathing zone of employees. Exposure of PCE to the dry cleaner and other personnel was 14 and 1 to 6 parts per million (ppm), respectively, which was well within the OSH 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.
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