Exposure Assessment to Trichloroethylene and Perchloroethylene for Workers in the Dry Cleaning Industry

Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology

Volume 4 - Number

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Perchloroethylene and trichloroethylene are two particular organochloro compounds, are often used for dry-cleaning. In the present study the excretion of urinary Perchloroethylene and trichloroethylene were evaluated as biomarkers of exposure to these compounds. The mean value of Perchloroethylene in breathing zone and the total Perchloroethylene uptake during the work shift of the three groups of dry-cleaning workers according to the capacity of the dry-cleaning machine (8, 12 and 18 kg) were 31.04, 50.87 and 120.99 mg m(-3) and 11.46, 22.6 and 41.6 mu g L(-1), respectively, which were significantly greater than the occupationally nonexposed groups. A good correlation (r = 0.907) between the mean values of Perchloroethylene in breathing zone and the urinary concentrations was observed.