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Control of fire hazards in commercial drycleaning shops using petroleum-based solvents.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
Appl Occup Environ Hyg 2000 Mar; 15(3):249-250
NIOSHTIC No.
20020656
Abstract
Drycleaning shops contain all elements necessary for uncontrolled fires: fuels, ignition sources, and oxygen. Potential combustible materials include furniture, garments, lint, and portions of the building. The greatest risk of fire and explosion exists if the drycleaning shop uses a petroleum-based solvent in drycleaning machines. Approximately 10 percent of drycleaning shops in the UnitedStates use these highly flammable solvents. Ignition can be triggered by a burning or smoldering cigarette, heated equipment such as a press, a frictional spark inside the solvent reclaimer cage, or even static electricity within the reclaimer.
Keywords
Dry cleaning industry; Dry cleaning solvents; Fire hazards; Fire prevention; Fire safety; Safety measures; Safety monitoring; Safety practices; Solvent vapors; Solvents; Organic solvents; Solvent vapors; Petroleum products; Occupational exposure; Control methods; Flash point; Industrial hazards
CODEN
AOEHE9
Publication Date
20000301
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2000
Issue of Publication
3
ISSN
1047-322X
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS; EID; DPSE
Source Name
Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
State
OH
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