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Industrial Hygiene Report Perchloroethylene at Bradlin Cleaners, 649 Randolph Corner, Detroit, Michigan 48226.


PB81239766

Publication Date 1980
Personal Author Roberts, D. R.
Page Count 12
Abstract Worker exposures to perchloroethylene (127184) (PCE) were surveyed in May 18, 1979, at Bradlin Cleaners (SIC-7216) in Detroit, Michigan. The company employed 11 workers. Time weighted average (TWA) personal PCE exposures ranged from 3.3 to 51 parts per million (ppm), and 5 minute peak concentrations ranged from 74 to 115ppm. One 15 minute sample yielded 52ppm PCE. All exposures were within OSHA TWA, 5 minute and 15 minute PCE standards of 100, 300 and 200, respectively. The author recommends that PCE exposures be kept as low as possible since the carcinogenicity of the compound has not been established. Workers should be provided with preplacement physical examinations, respirators and protective clothing, improved ventilation should be installed around all dry cleaning machines and recovery units, and workers should be informed about PCE hazards. Other recommendations include periodic inspection of equipment and PCE storage containers, direct piping of PCE solvent to the base tank of the dry cleaning machines, and proper disposal of PCE solvent residues.
Keywords
  • Hazardous materials
  • Environmental surveys
  • Exposure
  • Toxicity
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • SIC-7216
  • Ethylene/tetrachloro
Source Agency
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NTIS Subject Category
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 57Y - Toxicology
  • 94D - Job Environment
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
Corporate Authors National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH. Div. of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies.
Document Type Technical Report
Title Note Industrywide study.
NTIS Issue Number 198125
Industrial Hygiene Report Perchloroethylene at Bradlin Cleaners, 649 Randolph Corner, Detroit, Michigan 48226.
Industrial Hygiene Report Perchloroethylene at Bradlin Cleaners, 649 Randolph Corner, Detroit, Michigan 48226.
PB81239766

  • Hazardous materials
  • Environmental surveys
  • Exposure
  • Toxicity
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • SIC-7216
  • Ethylene/tetrachloro
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 57Y - Toxicology
  • 94D - Job Environment
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
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