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Perchloroethylene Monitoring

Perchloroethylene is a solvent commonly used in dry cleaning operations. When applied to a material or fabric, perc helps dissolve greases, oils and waxes without damaging the fabric. In metal manufacturing, solvents containing perchloroethylene clean and degrease new metal to help prevent impurities from weakening the metal. Due to its durability and ability to adhere to plastics, metal, rubber and leather, perchloroethylene has been used as an ingredient in a range of common products such as water repellants, paint removers, printing inks, glues, sealants, polishes and lubricant

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Perchloroethylene Monitoring

What is Perchloroethylene?

Perchloroethylene is a colourless liquid that is also called tetrachloroethylene, PERC, or PCE. It is primarily used for dry cleaning fabrics and degreasing metals.

it can be found in dry cleaned clothes, fabric finishers & consumer products such as:

  • Adhesives
  • Spot removers
  • Shoe polish
  • Printing inks
  • Paint products
  • Cleaning products

Perchloroethylene can enter the body through breathing & skin contact

Inhalation     Touching

Symptoms of Exposure

Short-term symptoms from breathing in the exposure can be anything from the following:

  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Lack of coordination
  • Irritation of eyes and respiratory tract

Skin contact can cause:

  • Irritation
  • Redness and chapping

Long-term symptoms from breathing in the exposure can cause changes in the following:

  • Mood
  • Memory
  • Attention
  • Reaction time
  • Vision

Exposure in high doses can also cause cancer.

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