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Perchloroethylene Monitoring

At Healthscreen, we offer comprehensive perchloroethylene monitoring services to assess and manage employee exposure levels in various industries. Perchloroethylene, also known as tetrachloroethylene, PERC, or PCE, is a colourless liquid primarily used in dry cleaning fabrics and degreasing metals. Monitoring perchloroethylene exposure is essential to ensure a safe working environment and prevent potential health risks.

How We Support You

Our comprehensive Perchloroethylene Monitoring services utilises biological monitoring techniques to assess employee exposure to this chemical in the workplace. Our monitoring process involves the collection and analysis of urine samples, providing valuable insights into the internal absorption of perchloroethylene.

Our experienced team will work closely with your organisation to establish a monitoring programme tailored to your specific needs. We will guide you through the process and ensure that accurate urine samples are collected from employees who may be at risk of perchloroethylene exposure.

The urine samples are carefully analysed in specialised laboratories using advanced techniques. Our team of experts will evaluate the presence of perchloroethylene metabolites in the urine, providing a reliable indication of internal absorption levels.

Based on the results obtained from the urine samples, we will generate detailed reports outlining the levels of perchloroethylene absorption and comparing them to relevant exposure guidelines or regulatory limits. These reports will offer valuable insights into potential risks and serve as a basis for implementing appropriate control measures.

Our dedicated professionals will assist you in interpreting the results and developing effective control strategies to minimize employee exposure to perchloroethylene. This may include recommendations for engineering controls, personal protective equipment, workplace modifications, and employee training programs.

Main Benefits:

  • Risk Assessment: Accurate monitoring helps assess employee exposure levels and identify areas where control measures are needed to reduce perchloroethylene exposure.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Monitoring ensures compliance with occupational health and safety regulations related to perchloroethylene exposure in the workplace.
  • Health Protection: By understanding perchloroethylene exposure risks, employers can implement appropriate measures to protect the health and well-being of their workforce.
  • Early Intervention: Early detection of elevated perchloroethylene levels enables proactive intervention, preventing potential long-term health effects.
  • Peace of Mind: Regular monitoring provides peace of mind to both employers and employees, knowing that exposure risks are being actively managed.

Ensuring Compliance With Regulations

As an employer, it is crucial to ensure the health and safety of your employees and comply with the relevant regulations pertaining to nickel exposure. Compliance with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002 is essential in managing the risks associated with nickel exposure in the workplace. Our Nickel Monitoring service is designed to help you meet your legal obligations and protect the well-being of your workforce. By choosing our Nickel Monitoring service, you can actively safeguard your employees’ health, maintain a safe working environment, and demonstrate your commitment to complying with the relevant health and safety regulations.

FAQ:

Perchloroethylene exposure is measured through air sampling in the workplace, followed by analysis of collected samples in specialised laboratories. Biological monitoring using urine or blood samples may also be conducted to assess internal absorption.

Short-term exposure symptoms may include dizziness, drowsiness, headache, nausea, vomiting, lack of coordination, eye, and respiratory tract irritation. Long-term exposure can cause changes in mood, memory, attention, reaction time, vision, and high doses can increase the risk of cancer.

Perchloroethylene monitoring is crucial to identify exposure risks, implement appropriate control measures, and safeguard the health and well-being of employees. It helps prevent occupational health issues associated with perchloroethylene exposure.

Prioritise the health and safety of your employees by monitoring perchloroethylene exposure levels. Contact Healthscreen today to inquire about our comprehensive perchloroethylene monitoring services. Our experienced team will assist you in assessing and managing perchloroethylene exposure risks, creating a safer work environment for everyone involved.

Biological Monitoring (Urine)

Perchloroethylene Monitoring

What is Perchloroethylene? Also known as tetrachloroethylene, tetrachloroethene, perc/PERC and PCE, perchloroethylene is a chlorocarbon that takes the form of a colourless, sweet-smelling liquid. Celebrated

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What is Perchloroethylene?

Also known as tetrachloroethylene, tetrachloroethene, perc/PERC and PCE, perchloroethylene is a chlorocarbon that takes the form of a colourless, sweet-smelling liquid. Celebrated self-taught English physicist and chemist Michael Faraday first managed to synthesize it in 1821 by the thermal decomposition of hexachloroethane.

What is it used for?

Since that initial breakthrough, PCE has seen many uses primarily due to its properties as an excellent solvent for organic matter. It is volatile, highly stable and inflammable – ideal characteristics for dry cleaning, degreasing in the automotive and metalworking industries and for consumer products like paint strippers, spot removers, printing inks, brake cleaners, cleaning products and adhesives.

Because of its widespread use in the dry cleaning of fabrics in particular, it is sometimes referred to solely as ‘dry cleaning fluid’. In years gone by, PCE was also used in the manufacture of HFC-134a and other refrigerants. In the early 1900s, it was even used in the treatment of hookworm infestation.

How dangerous is it?

Despite its relatively low acute toxicity, PCE has been classed as a Group 2A carcinogen, which means that it is highly likely to cause cancer in humans. Because it is a chlorinated hydrocarbon, it can attack the central nervous system if absorbed; similarly, it dissolves fats from the skin upon contact and should therefore be avoided. Studies have indicated that prolonged exposure increases the risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease by a factor of nine, with larger-sample studies planned to corroborate this information. At very high temperatures (315°C) such as those caused by welding, PCE can be oxidized into phosgene, a hugely dangerous and poisonous gas.

What should I watch out for?

It’s possible to become overexposed to PCE through skin contact and inhalation. The symptoms of exposure are as follows:

Prolonged exposure can cause cancer, Parkinson’s Disease and associated neurological disorders such as Hodgkin’s disease, Scleroderma and an impaired immune system. It can also have seriously damaging effects for pregnant women, and can cause an extensive range of birth defects, miscarriage and fetal death.

What should I do if I’m at risk?

The first thing that you should do when exposed is remove yourself from the source of the contact wherever possible, ensure that you have adequate ventilation and remove any item of clothing (except from moving it nearer to the head) that is affected. Secondly, clean away any trace amounts of liquid with cold water.

If you or someone you know is concerned that they may be at risk from exposure to perchloroethylene, please use the form below to get in touch with Healthscreen UK today. Alternatively, call 014555 245 743 to get in touch with one of our dedicated specialists.