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Control of exposure to perchloroethylene in commercial drycleaning (ventilation).
Appl Occup Environ Hyg 2000 Feb; 15(2):187-188
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; Exposure-levels; Exposure-limits; Control-equipment; Control-methods; Ventilation-systems; Ventilation-equipment; Central-nervous-system; Central-nervous-system-disorders; Liver-disorders; Kidney-damage; Kidney-disorders; Skin-irritants; Eye-irritants; Respiratory-irritants
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Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
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