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Control of exposure to perchloroethylene in commercial drycleaning (machine design).
Appl Occup Environ Hyg 2000 Jan; 15(1):11-12
Perchloroethylene (PERC) is the most commonly used drycleaning solvent. PERC can enter the body through respiratory and dermal exposure. Symptoms associated with exposure include: depression of the central nervous system; damage to the liver and kidneys; impaired memory; confusion; dizziness; headache; drowsiness; and eye, nose, and throat irritation. Repeated dermal exposure may result in dermatitis. NIOSH considers PERC a potential human carcinogen.
Dry-cleaning-industry; Dry-cleaning-solvents; Solvents; Machine-operation; Machine-operators; Occupational-exposure; Occupational-health; Occupational-safety-programs; Central-nervous-system; Central-nervous-system-disorders; Liver-disorders; Kidney-damage; Kidney-disorders; Skin-irritants; Eye-irritants; Respiratory-irritants
Issue of Publication
Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
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