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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
Issue of Publication
Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division