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Control of spotting hazards in commercial drycleaning.
Appl Occup Environ Hyg 2000 Jul; 15(7):535-536
Many hazardous chemicals are commonly used in drycleaning shops to remove garment stains. Workers performing stain removal may be exposed to these toxic chemicals through skin absorption, eye contact, or inhalation of vapors. The primary hazard is dermatitis from chronic or acute exposure. Dilute hydrofluoric acid, which can be found in some products that remove rust stains, may cause severe chemical burns with deep tissue destruction that may not be evident until several hours after prolonged contact.
Dry cleaning industry; Acids; Acid mists; Dermatitis; Dermatosis; Skin irritants; Skin lesions; Eye injuries; Eye irritants; Respiratory system disorders; Respiratory irritants; Pulmonary system disorders; Dry cleaning solvents; Organic solvents; Solvent vapors; Occupational exposure; Skin exposure; Control methods; Ventilation systems; Exhaust ventilation; Personal protective equipment; Work practices; Health hazards; Industrial hazards
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DSHEFS; EID; DPSE
Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
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