Measurements

Perchloroethylene

Perchloroethylene (C2CL4), sometimes referred to as Tetrachloroethylene, is a colorless liquid commonly used in dry cleaning and metal degreasing.

How is Perchloroethylene produced?

Perchloroethylene was traditionally used as an effective chemical solvent to dry clean clothes. However, modern dry-cleaning practices have decreased the concentration of perchloroethylene typically used. It is also widely used to remove oil and oil-borne contaminants from objects that have undergone processes such as machining, welding, and soldering. Modern vapor degreasing techniques have become common practice in the automotive and electronic manufacturing industries.

What are the health risks and environmental effects of Perchloroethylene?

In liquid form, perchloroethylene evaporates into the air and can be toxic to humans if inhaled. Potential health problems caused by exposure include headaches, irritation, and neurological damage. Long-term exposure can result in various cancers forming in the body.

Why use an Aeroqual Perchloroethylene sensor?

Industries that use perchloroethylene must ensure workers aren’t exposed to this toxic gas, as it has severe health risks.

Real-time monitoring is imperative to identify personal exposure levels, to identify leaks and measure changes in airborne concentration levels.

Aeroqual offers both fixed and portable monitors with a perchloroethylene sensor to measure real-time concentrations and trigger alarms should levels exceed health and safety guidelines.

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