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Industrial Hygiene Survey Report, No. 71.30, Perchloroethylene, Blue Ribbon Cleaners, Detroit, Michigan.
NIOSH 1980 Jun:9 pages
Worker exposures to perchloroethylene (127184) (PCE) were surveyed on May 14 and 15, 1979 at Blue Ribbon Cleaners (SIC-7216) in Detroit, Michigan. The company employed four workers. Personal air samples and 5 and 15 minute peak samples were collected for PCE analysis. The average PCE exposure to the dry cleaner over 2 hours was 264 parts per million (ppm). The two 5 minute peak samples taken during garment transfer contained 173 and 252ppm of PCE, respectively, and the one 15 minute peak sample contained 296ppm of PCE. The PCE exposures exceeded the OSHA 8 hour time weighted average limit of 100ppm. The author recommends preplacement physical examinations, use of engineering controls and personal protection equipment, worker education on PCE hazards, and good housekeeping practices.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; IWS-71-30; Region-5; Health-surveys; Organic-solvents; Dry-cleaning-solvents; Industrial-hygiene; Air-sampling;
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Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, 9 pages, 7 references
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division