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In-depth survey report: control of perchloroethylene (PCE) in vapor degreasing operations, site #3.
Almaguer D; Shulman S; Crouch K
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, EPHB 256-17b, 2002 Aug; :1-23
Worker exposures to perchloroethylene (PCE) occur in a large number of industries where PCE is used for organic solvent vapor cleaning (degreasing). Solvent degreasing does not constitute a distinct industrial category, but is an integral part of many major industries. This report examines worker exposures to PCE during the loading and unloading of parts, and the performance of an open-top vapor degreaser. Air samples for PCE were collected over three days of degreasing operations. The PCE concentrations measured in the building ranged from 0.12 to 17.1 ppm. A review of the sampling results showed that the electroplaters utilizing the open-top vapor degreaser were not exposed to perchloroethylene concentrations in excess of the OSHA PEL.
Solvent-vapor-degreasing; Solvent-vapors; Solvents; Organic-solvents; Ventilation-equipment; Ventilation-hoods; Ventilation-systems; Metal-finishing; Region-4; Control-technology
Field Studies; Control Technology
NTIS Accession No.
Control Technology & Personal Protective Equipment; Research Tools and Approaches
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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