NIOSHTIC-2 Publications Search
In-depth survey report: control of perchloroethylene (PCE) in vapor degreasing operations, site #4.
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 256-18b, 2002 Sep; :1-22
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 airless vacuum vapor degreaser. Personal breathing-zone (PBZ) air samples for PCE were collected over three days. Samples collected in the PBZ of the workers ranged from 0.052 to 0.18 ppm. A review of the sampling results showed that the degreaser operators were not exposed to perchloroethylene concentrations in excess of the OSHA PEL nor the ACGIH TLV.
Solvent-vapor-degreasing; Solvent-vapors; Solvents; Organic-solvents; Ventilation-equipment; Ventilation-hoods; Ventilation-systems; Metal-finishing; Region-1; 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
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division